Let me take you to the City of Mosaic, go up to the peak of Mount Nebo where Moses got a view of the Promised Land, and down to the lowest point of Earth - the Dead Sea.
From the Roman Theater, we had a city tour around Amman. No more stop at this time; but the bus pass along the souk, the commercial district and a private village where big villas are located.
|Wadi Abdoun Bridge|
The only cable-stayed bridge in Amman
It is about 30 km from Amman City to Madaba - the City of Mosaics:
It is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics; the home of famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Promised Land. The Mosaic map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George which was built in 1896 AD.
|Greek Orthodox Church of St. George|
|Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Promised Land|
|A replica of the map; located outside the church, for guided tour discussion|
|Souvenir items along the street of Madaba|
|Dolls in local costume|
|Tree of Life|
|A replica of Madaba map at the Jordan Jewel showroom|
Jordan Jewel - a money generating project in Madaba that supports families of mostly handicapped.
At the workshop:
At the showroom:
Our next destination:
|Overlooking Valley of Jordan|
|The Monolith of the 2000 Jubilee|
The Monolith of the 2000 Jubilee created by Vincenzo Bianchi, was erected by the Catholic Church in celebration of the Pope's visit to Mount Nebo, Jordan. It means "One God and Father of all, who is above all."
|The Monolith of the 2000 Jubilee|
Rolling Stone used as fortified door of a Byzantine Monastery in the old village of Faisaliyah once known as Abu Badd.
|The Abu Badd|
|Memorial of Moses|
|The Serpent Cross Sculpture|
Also known as the Brazen Serpent Monument was created by Italian artist Giovanni Fantoni. It is a symbolic of the serpent created from the stick of Moses and the Cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
|Plaque showing the distance from Mount Nebo to various locations|
According to the final chapter of Deuteronomy, Mount Nebo is where the Hebrew prophet Moses was given a view of the Promised Land that God was giving to the Hebrews. "And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho." (Deuteronomy 34:1).
|The view from the summit provides a panorama of the Holy Land|
|Valley of the River Jordan|
|An Olive Tree|
From the summit of Mount Nebo to the lowest point on Earth: Dead Sea
|Going down to the Dead Sea|
The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Its surface and shores are 423 meters (1,388 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land.
The Dead Sea area has become a major center for health research and treatment for several reasons. The mineral content of the water, the very low content of pollens and other allergens in the atmosphere, the reduced ultraviolet component of solar radiation, and the higher atmospheric pressure at this great depth each have specific health effects.
|People covered with Dead Sea mud|
|Dead Sea Salt|
The Dead Sea is flanked by mountains to the east and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the west, giving it an almost other-worldly beauty. Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar (Bela).
Floating in the Dead Sea is AN EXPERIENCE.
You should do it. Even just once :)
What makes a travel memorable is not the destination itself, but the journey and the people you are with. And I am blessed to be with the Thursday Group / BS family in this trip.
From The Ancient City of Jerash and Jerash Ruins, The Fascinating Petra and The Citadel and Roman Theater, Jordan is not only rich in history and culture; but more than that, Jordanians were accommodating and friendly. They have high respect to their visitors. Religion and belief was never an issue.
Even the sheep were friendly too!
All praises, glory and honor, in Christ alone.
Details from: Wikipedia and Jordan Tourism Board