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It is quite a detour to reach Machaerus and then you need to hike to the hilltop to visit the ruins of the fort where John the Baptist was executed. The view of the Dead Sea is stunning from here. Totally worth the effort!
Women’s Cooperative Association and Handicrafts Village. The project was launched in the early 1990s by the Noor al-Hussein Foundation and the Wadi Al-Seer Community Development. A lovely handicraft shop and restaurant with a peaceful atmosphere and homemade food.
Umm Ar-Rasas (Kastron Mefaa) is one of 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Jordan. It is worth visiting if not for the Roman fort which is largely destroyed but for the the Byzantine mosaics and Stylite tower nearby.
27 Aug 2022: A heat wave hit Jordan with temperatures in Amman close to 40 C. Be safe, hydrate and try to minimize your outdoor activities between 1 and 4 PM.
Check out this ornament, a part of the Apostles Church’s mosaic floor in Madaba. The ticket is 3 JOD, and covers 4 sites (free entrance for Jordan Pass holders).
A Nabatean stone in the Karak Crusader Castle. What is it doing here, how did it end up being part of the wall?!
Amazing Rock Art, mosaics, statues and other artefacts found at the Qasr Al-Hallabat Museum.
Just visited Dar Al-Saraya Museum in Irbid, it’s actually a nice small museum but unfortunately a nightmare to reach it by car. Spent 2 hours going through the traffic in Irbid:(
Is it worth visiting Rehab in Al-Mafraq, the church (actually 3 of them) which is included in your Jordan Pass? Short answer – no, there is nothing interesting or different about that place. Madaba, Umm Ar-Rassas and Jerash are all much better choices.
How much time do you need to see Jerash? 2-3 hours is enough for a normal pace. By the way, you can exit through the side door here: 32.280819, 35.893803 (Google Maps) and you can take a taxi to go back or have lunch at one of many restaurants nearby.
Best time to visit Petra? I would say during a pandemic you can take beautiful photos without people in the background and entrance is free of charge 🙂 as it was in 2021. But on a serious note, I’m waiting for winter to catch a moment when it snows in Petra.
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