October 2000

Batismal Site of Jesus, the Dead Sea, Jerash, Ma'in, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Petra, the Roman Amphitheater and Citadel in Amman.

Baptismal Site

It is now believe that the actual baptismal site of Jesus is in Jordan and not Israel. They believe this is the actual site.

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Dead Sea

The Dead Sea. It is the lowest point on the surface of the earth at 1373 feet (420 meters) below sea level.

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Jerash

Jerash, located 48 kilometers north of Amman is considered one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. To this day, its colonnaded streets, baths, theaters, plazas and arches remain in exceptional condition. Within the remaining city walls, archaeologists have found the ruins of settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age, indicating human occupation at this location for more than 6500 years.

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Ma in

Ma'in has some very warm mineral hot springs that folks go to for the theraputic benefits the springs offer.

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Madaba

Madaba. City of mosaics. Just about every house has a mosaic. Madaba's chief attraction in the contemporary Greek Orthodox church of St. George, is a wonderfully vivid, 6th-century Byzantine mosaic map showing the entire region from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south.
This map includes a fascinating plan of Jerusalem: on the left is the north gate from which two colonnaded streets run south. On the straight street through the heart of the city stands the domed Holy Sepulcher. Clearly inscribed above the north and east gates is the legend "Holy City of Jerusalem".

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Mt. Nebo

Mount Nebo is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan, located 10 km west of the Roman Byzantine town of Madaba, for this is where Moses is supposedly buried. The site's association with the last days of Moses is described in moving words in Deuteromony (34:1-7). The episode of Balak and Balam (2:13-26) also took place here.

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Petra

Often described as the eighth wonder of the ancient world, it is without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.

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Roman Amphitheater

Located in Amman, it is an imposing monument set into the side of the mountain down the hill from the Citadel and connected to it via long and deep hidden tonnel. It is the most impressive legacy of Roman Philadelphia (Amman) built under Emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD).

Its 33 rows once seated 5000 spectators for performances and possibly also had religious significance. It is still in regular use for theatrical and entertainment productions. The Forum was built in front of the Theater under Commodus in 189-190 AD.

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The Citadel

The Citadel towers over Amman, offering some terrific views. Numerous excavations have revealed the remains of fortifications in the area from the Middle Bronze Age, the Iron Age, Hellenistic, late Roman and Arab Islamic Ages.

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