Jordan is an Arab kingdom of the Middle East, almost enclosed except from a small coastline on the Red Sea. A place dominated by barren, arid land and desert, while its long history reveals many impressive monuments. In modern years, although located in a particularly turbulent corner of the globe, enjoys a -rare for that area- peace and security.
The Jordanian people are friendly, courteous and hospitable to the stranger. Traditional habits and customs harmoniously blend with modern Western influences, while English is widely spoken. Particular ethnographic entities are the Bedouin nomads of the area, as well as a significant number of Palestinian refugees who have found shelter in the country.
The capital Amman, a city of four million inhabitants is densely built on a wide area that includes many hills. Important monuments are found here, namely the ruins of the ancient citadel and the Umayyad palace that dominate the city, the Roman theater, museums and mosques. The Amman is quite a cosmopolitan city and the typical architecture of the Middle East with the beige buildings is mixed with colonial mansions and some modern skyscrapers.
But the most famous monument of the country is the majestic Petra, recently named amongst the New 7 Wonders of the World. The gigantic temples of the kingdom of Nabataeans, carved in the red rocks of the area, are dating back to the 5th BC century. Other points of interest are the Dead Sea, a large high salinity lake, is located at the lowest point on earth, 430 meters below sea level. Unique is the “Martian” landscape of the red desert in Wadi Rum, the city of Aqaba with the Red Sea waterfront, and many canyons of hiking interest.
Wandering in the magnificent Petra
to be continued…