Top 4 Natural and Historical Experiences in Jordan
Jordan is a country with many natural and historical attractions. Here are just a few that are worth visiting.
The Roman Theatre of Amman
The Roman Theatre in the capital city of Amman is a 6,000-seat theatre that was built in the second century A.D.The government of Jordan began fixing the theatre in 1957, and now visitors can enjoy concerts and other events there.
The theatre is now used as a venue for cultural activities including the Amman International Book Fair. As well as the Amman Marathon prize ceremony, and musical concerts, most notably the Al-Balad Music Festival.
About three hours south of Amman, you will find Petra, one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World.” Dating to around 300 B.C., this ancient desert city is carved into red, white and pink cliffs.Perhaps the most famous attraction is Al-Khazneh, a 45-meter-high temple.“Al-Khazneh” means “The Treasury,” a name given to it by early 19th century visitors who wrongly believed it contained treasure.
The city is accessed through a 1.2-kilometre-long (0.75 mi) gorge called the Siq, which leads directly to the Khazneh. Famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Petra is also called the Rose City due to the colour of the stone out of which it is carved. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. UNESCO has described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”. Petra is a symbol of Jordan, as well as Jordan’s most-visited tourist attraction. Tourist numbers peaked at 1 million in 2010. But there followed a slump due to the political instability generated by the Arab Spring affecting countries surrounding Jordan. However, tourist numbers increased subsequently. About 800,000 tourists visited the site in 2018.
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea on the Jordan-Israel border offers a unique beach experience.The “sea” is actually a large salt lake.
It is “dead” because it’s almost 10 times saltier than the ocean, so no fish or plants can live in it.The extra salt makes it possible for people and other objects to easily float.
It’s also the lowest place on land, at about 430 metres below sea level!
Wadi Rum is the largest wadi, or desert valley, in Jordan.Also known as the Valley of the Moon. Wadi Rum is the only location in Jordan to have been named both a Natural and Cultural World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The area is famous for its beautiful cliffs and valleys. Great for both climbing and photography – and its 154 historical sites, showing the development of human thought and language over 12,000 years.
Visitors can enjoy Jeep tours, camel rides, hiking and camping in the desert.