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Jordan is known as ‘The Pearl of the Orient’, a fascinating land with a culture that is thousands of years old, a land of colorful epochs and biblical history, all to be rediscovered in this Hasemite kingdom that was founded in 1946. Pharaohs, Assyrian kings and Persian monarchs once fought for this country. Nabateans, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders and Ottomans, each of them left their traces in Jordan.
Amman is Jordan’s capital city in which, poverty and wealth live side by side. The King Abdullah Mosque is the largest and, due to its striking blue cupola, the most beautiful mosque in Amman. Although only completed in 1988, it is an important symbol of Islam and five times a day, the Muezzin calls to the faithful from its Minaret.
In 1900, the Ottoman Sultan ordered the construction of the Hedjaz Jordan Railroad. It was designed to unite the Ottoman Empire that had begun to disintegrate, as well as to transport Moslem pilgrims to Medina in the Hedjaz Mountains. Around 30 kilometres northwest of Amman is as-Salt that is situated between two mountain slopes. Up until the First World War, this city that had a good supply of water and enjoyed a good climate, was the main metropolis of Trans-Jordan. Saladin had this fortress built on a 1200 metre high hill in 1184. Qal’at Ajloun was meant to be a defence against the approaching Crusaders and also to protect pilgrims on their way to Mecca.
At an altitude of 800 metres, is a place of great significance for the Jewish and Christian faiths, Mount Nebo, where God revealed to Moses the Promised Land for the first time after his 40 year journey from Egypt.
Near Wadi Musa, The Valley of Moses, is the fascinating and legendary rose red city of Petra. Its strategic location at the junction of six important caravan routes, including the famous Incense Road, brought much prosperity to the city. The most impressive route to Petra travels through the Siq, a narrow gorge with huge sandstone walls.
Jordan is a priceless gem located in the Near East with all the magical romance of the Orient!