Amman, northern Jordan is home to other ancient cities of the Decapolis. These include Jarash (Gerasa), Umm Qays (Gadara), Tabaqat Fahl or Fihil (Pella), Bayt Ras (Capitolias), and Quwayliba (Abila). Jarash, straddling one of the ancient world's key trade routes, offers extensive and breathtaking ruins of colonnaded streets, arches, temples, and baths in a remarkable state of preservation and completeness.
Tabaqat Fahl, in the northern valley, has yielded an impressive display of archaeological evidence revealing human presence from early Neolithic times to the present. These include the remains of a Bronze Age fort, a 1C AD theatre, a 100,000 gallon Byzantine cistern, along with churches, houses, and shops from various periods.
Umm Qays offers fascinating ruins; a stunning black basalt theatre, a colonnaded main street, a city gate and a museum in a restored Ottoman house, among others. Besides these ruins, Umm Qays offers a spectacular view of the Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee, and the Golan Heights. Moreover, Jordan contains many religious sites. The country is part of the Holy land that gave birth to three of the world's great monotheistic religions. Many tombs of Prophets and Sahabas (companions) of Islam are found in the country, along with shrines. Jordan has a special place in the history of Islam, as it was the first territory to which Islam spread outside of the Arabian Peninsula. It was also the site of the first contact between Islam and the non-Arab world.
To mention just two of the Prophet's companions buried in Jordan: Zeid ibn al-Haritha (the Prophet's adopted son and the only companion mentioned by name in the Qur'an) and Ja'far bin Abi Talib (cousin of the Prophet and elder brother of Ali, who was the husband of the Prophet's daughter Fatima and the father of al-Hassan and al-Hussein).
Madaba is an archaeological park, and an ancient city of mosaics; it has the oldest preserved ancient mosaic map of the holy land. To the west is Mount, traditionally believed to be the burial place of Prophet Moses. Nebo East of the River Jordan, is Wadi Kharrar, where Jesus withdrew when the crowds in Jerusalem threatened him. South of Wadi Kharrar is the biblical Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where John the Baptist lived, Jesus Christ was baptized, and Elijah ascended to heaven.
Pope John Paul II visited the site during his March 2000 pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Around 4,000 to 6,000 tourists visited this site per month since the beginning of 2002 (data released in June 2002). Jordan is also very popular with its Red Rose city of Petra. This 2000-year-old Nabatean city, carved into rose-colored stone and hidden from view by mountains, was lost to the world for over 1000 years, but was rediscovered in 1812 AD.
Is entered only through one passage or what is known as the siq, a narrow crevice in the rock. Petra offers onlookers al Khazna (treasury), which is carved out of solid rock, the High Place of Sacrifice above the city, a theatre seating up to 8000 people, and the Dayr (monastery), which is found at the top of the hills.
In addition to the ruins in Petra, Jabal al-Bayda is one of the oldest sites in the Middle East showing evidence of habitation by Pre-Pottery Neolithic humans. Excavations indicate that these early people were herders who were beginning to experiment with a semi-settled agricultural existence. offers other unique experiences. Wadi Rum's (Ramm) beautiful mountains are one of hikers and campers favorite destinations. Campers marvel nights under brilliant stars surrounded by rugged mountains and desert.Jordan Jordan also has six nature reserves that include some of the country's most beautiful landscapes. To mention just a few; Mahmiyyat al Mujib, which surrounds al Mujib, a deep, majestic canyon, the natural treasures of Wadi Dana, which offer intriguing archaeological ruins, and Mahmiyyat Zubya located in the highlands of Ajlun.
Very popular for having the lowest spot on earth is the Dead Sea, which is also appropriately named, as its high mineral content allows nothing to live in its waters.Jordan The shoreline of the Dead Sea stands at 1300 feet below sea level, water does not drain from this lake and its salinity ranges from 26-35 percent. And Jordan's only outlet to sea is Aqaba, which enjoys a spectacular Red Sea setting of purple colored mountains and sandy beaches. Aqaba offers visitors pleasures such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and a full range of other water sports. Several archaeological sites are being excavated in Aqaba, such as the ancient Ayla, which is marked by a walled early Islamic city, a crusader island fortress and a medieval Arab fort. Besides its natural treasures, the country offers its tourists the experience of true Jordanian hospitality.
However, tourism in Jordan is unfortunately associated with the continuing volatile situation in the Palestinian. The September 11th attacks on the U.S. also had an impact on tourism not only on the Kingdom but also worldwide.
According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), reservations on a global scale dropped some 12-15 percent compared to 2001. The WTO report showed Jordan as one of the few countries in the Middle East to have recorded growth of nearly four percent in tourism in 2001.
Although arrivals from the United States and Europe plunged by nearly 50 percent in the last quarter of 2001, Arab arrivals to the Kingdom went up by nearly 25 percent that year as both private and public sector tourism developers channeled their resources towards the Gulf and Arab markets. Our Site on YouTube Here Jesus Christ was baptized Voting Do you think government procedures to reduce real estate registration fees have helped rerive real estate market.