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is a hill in southwest of Madaba, overlooking the Dead sea and protect on three sides by deep ravines.
Machaerus also, known as a traditional site of the execution of John the baptist
This Fortress Built-In the first Time by the Hasmonean ruler Alexander Jannaeus (103 – 76 BC ).
His Widow Alexandra store her treasure in the fortress, but unfortunately, the Roman destroy it in 63 BC.
It restore then by Herod the Great (37-4 BC).
Machaerus fortress built to protect Jerusalem on the eastern side of the Jordan river
Upon Herod’s death, his son Herod Antipas inherit the fortress and it is from here that he order John the Baptist
to be beheaded after Salome’s fateful dance of the seven veils.
The Dance of the seven veils
The Dance of the Seven Veils is Salome’s dance performed before Herod II.
It is an elaboration on the biblical story of the execution of John the Baptist,
which refers to Salome dancing before the king, but does not give the dance a name.
the name came because the dancer Salome is wearing 7 veils.
Story of Dance of the seven veils
for sure you have heard about Dead sea And Madaba the holy place in the bible but you may not hear about Machaerus the traditional site of the execution of St. Jhon the baptist because of Salome Dance.
Salome Dance or (dance of seven veils) its mixture of legend and reality but that doesn’t matter because it attracts the attention artists Towards it.
after the relationship between Herodian and Herod, he is the brother of Herodian husband.
they decide to leave there partner and get married,
but at that time St. Jhon the Baptist against their marriage because of two reasons first because
they get ride of their Partner and the second if Herodian Married her Husband brother it will consider as a adultery Crime.
but did you believe that the couple accept what he said?
diffidently no, Herod decides to but St Jhon in the jail to silence the denunciations he preached to all.
and on the day of celebration of Herod's birth, Herodian’s daughter from her ex-husband to perform a special dance for Herod as a gift for his birth the girl called Salome.
and she was wearing 7 veils and during her performance, she taking off their Veils one by one.
and when she finished her dance she make Herod very happy and even he made a pledge to himself that he would fulfill what the girl asked for what even it was.
And under the insistence of her mother, she asked for
St. Jhon Head, Herod didn’t want to do that but he didn’t have a choice because of his pledge that he made in front of everyone he execute john the Baptist.
that what the legend says.
why you should visit Jerash ??
Think About the ancient city of Jerash that is full of Roman ruins that are must-see
throughout this ancient city, you will find preserved columns, arches, and temples, their distinctive architecture a reminder of the powerful empire that once ruled the land.
A visit to the city today will catapult you into the Middle East’s past and serve up a unique historic experience
But before you go, here’s everything you’ll want to know
Location: Jerash Governorate (30 miles north of Amman)
Visitors: 211,000 (2016)
Nickname: The City of 1000 Columns
Founded: 63 B.C.
HOW TO GET THERE
One thing Jerash has over Petra is its proximity to Amman, the nation’s capital. so you can rent a car with Driver through Jordan Day tour and more
POINTS OF INTEREST
1. OVAL PLAZA
The Oval Plaza is a masterpiece of Roman architecture almost 300 feet in length and just about the same in width. In Jerash’s Golden Age (when the Romans were in town)
This ancient sporting venue was once believed to fit 15,000 spectators for its gladiator battles and chariot races. While it is unable to hold the same numbers today, the Hippodrome still pays homage to the brutal and beautiful culture that built it by using the grounds for historical reenactments.
3. TEMPLE OF ZEUS
the Temple of Zeus. You have to climb a dramatic staircase of large and cracking stones in order to reach the temple, but once there, you can take in views of the magnificent sanctuary overlooking the ruins and valleys beneath it.
4. TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS
The daughter of Zeus, Artemis was a popular patron goddess among the people of Jerash (when it was still known as Gerasa).
According to the Bible, Mount Nebo Is The Mountain On which the prophet Moses was died after he shown the promised land.
Mount Nebo Considered a top attraction in Jordan because of its religious and historical significance.
There is a large collection of ancient mosaics.
This Place should be on your must-see list if you want to experience history.
The Religious Significant for all religion
Islam —-> This Place has sanctity for Muslims as it contains the Tomb of Moses ( Peace be upon him ).
Christians —-> they believe that Moses saw the land that God promised him while standing on mount Nebo and they also, believed that he had died in this land and buried there and in reverence for this place.
for this belief, a complex of churches tombs, mosaic painting, and a temple was built and considered as the shrine of Moses.
Jews —-> the word Nebo the land of Nebo is mentioned In the Torah and is considered by the Jewish a forbidden land and Moses has looked through the land of Canaan.
The most attractive thing in mount Nebo is the view It’s the best place in the world to observe.
On a clear day, you can see without any equipment Dead Sea, Balqa Mountains, Palestine Including the Dome of the rock and church, towers in Jerusalem and south of Lebanon and mount sheik in the north on Sinai.
From Mount Nebo, there are several other sites that can be included in your tour. Madaba is a historic city that is very close, the Dead Sea is a short drive and along the way, you pass the Baptism Site. Also, there is Makawir, Ma’in Hot Springs, and Lot’s Cave.
A trip to Mount Nebo offers fascinating insight into history, religion and general Jordanian culture. We highly recommend including this great spot on your Jordan tour.
FAQ About Mount Nebo
Q1: Where its Located ?!
Located in Jordan 41 km away from Amman outside Madaba
Q2: How Far is Mount Nebo from Amman And Dead Sea?
41 kilometer Away from Amman and 33.3 kilometers from Dead Sea
Q3: What is the high of mount Nebo?
approximately 710 meters (2,330 ft) above sea level
Q4: What does Mount Nebo Mean?
Relative to the Babylonian God of commerce.
Q5: who died in mount Nebo?
the prophet Moses
Q6: Why it’s Important?
it’s significant because of its role in the Old Testament.
and it has a significant role in all religion Islam, Christian, and Jewish
Q7: Is Mount Nebo Included in Jordan Pass?!
No, It’s Not included in Jordan Pass.
Q8: How much it cost to enter (Mount Nebo Entrance Fee)?
it costs 2 JD (3 US).
Attraction Sites In Madaba
St. John the Baptist church
Location: Prs. Haya St., Madaba
its a catholic church built in the early 20th century. that later transformed into an intriguing destination for visitors and pilgrims.
you will see an interesting well dating to Moabite era.. 3000 years ago and is still operational in addition to a fascinating photographs dating from 1902 to 1911 also, there is a similar match of the mosaics of umm ar rasas
Madaba Mosaic Map
its a Greek orthodox church dated back to 19 century. also, it’s a small church located in the middle of the city.the ancient mosaic map of the holy land is the main attraction here.its not included in the Jordan pass entrance fee: 1 JOD / 0.70 US.
Madaba Archaeological Park
It’s an archaeological park in Madaba opened in 1990. it includes extension of the paved Roman street. which flank by the church of martyrs, locally known as the church of Al-Khader.
Church of the Apostles
This insignificant-looking church contains a remarkable mosaic dedicated to the Twelve Apostles. The embroidery-like mosaic was created in AD 568 and is one of the few instances where the name of the craftsman (Salomios) is included. The central portion shows Thalassa, a female personification of the sea, surrounded by fish and slippery marine creatures. Native animals, birds, flowers, fruit, and cherubic faces.
are you looking for Amman city tour?
definitely, we provide these kinds of tour but before that, you should know what you gonna see.
let’s introduce brief details what you will visit.
The citadel is a colorful site, rich in history and boasts a unique sunset overlooking the Roman Amphitheatre in Amman.
Amman Citadel stands as the guardian of ancient civilizations that left vestiges inside its 1,700-metre-long wall that dates to the Bronze Age.
Used as a rampart protecting the ancient capital of the Ammonites, Rabbath-Ammon — present-day Amman
The Jordan Tourism Board said Amman Citadel receives more than 125,000 visitors each year.
You cannot find a place with so many civilizations that left their marks in a single location. The citadel has this unique diversity that ranges from Assyrians to Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, as well as the Umayyad and Ayyubid dynasties, a truly unique experience
The Roman Temple of Hercules that dates to the second century is one of the most popular attractions at the citadel. On display is a huge hand, which is believed to be from a 12-meter-high statue of Hercules.
The Roman Theatre
is the most impressive monument of old Philadelphia, as Amman was known when it was part of the Roman Decapolis, the cities network on the frontier of the Roman Empire in the southeastern Levant. According to an inscription, it was built during the era of the Antonine emperors, at the end of the 2nd century AD.
Its tiered, semicircular seating space, carved into the Jabal Al-Jofeh hill in three horizontal sections with a total of 44 rows can seat around 6,000 people. It faces north so that the audiences are protected from the sun. Social rank dictated the places for the audience. The urban poor, foreigners, slaves, and women were restricted to the upper section. The stage building, about 100 m wide, was probably three stories high. The wooden stage elevates 1.5 meters from the chorus performance space, the orchestra, which has a radius of 13 meters.
Today, the Roman Theatre is again in use for performances, concerts, and events. In addition, halls on both sides of the stage house two small heritage museums: The Folklore Museum and the Museum of Popular Traditions.
The King Abdullah Mosque in Amman – A Spectacular Jordanian Gem
No visit to Jordan is complete without a stop at the King Abdullah Mosque in Amman. By all accounts, the mosque is a prime example of Islamic architecture
The King Abdullah Mosque in Amman is instantly recognizable by its beautiful blue dome, under which as many as 3,000 devotees can gather for prayer. Anyone who spends even a minimal amount of time in the city will almost certainly see the mosque since it’s one of the most distinguishable buildings in the city.
Construction of the King Abdullah Mosque in Amman began in 1982 on the orders of the late King Hussein of Jordan. The mosque, which was to be a tribute to King Hussein’s grandfather, King Abdullah I of Jordan, was finally completed in 1986.
Most people who visit Jordan do so because they have a fascination with history. They want to explore sites and places which have helped shape the world we live in today, and Jordan fits the bill perfectly, regardless of one’s age, gender, race or creed. Whether you want to visit areas mentioned in biblical scriptures, or whether you simply want to experience what it feels like to travel back in time, Jordan is a fantastic destination. Many people who have visited say that there is only one thing better in Jordan than the historical sites it has to offer, and that is the almost unimaginable hospitality of the locals.
Al Karak Castle
it’s one of the largest and most important castles of the Crusades in Jordan and the Levant.
story happened in Al Karak
Salah Al-Din Al Ayoubi on behalf of the prophet Muhammad
sometimes applying a Cruel punishment is the right and wisdom thing to do.
this is Arton who take Al Karak castle, cut the road for Muslims pilgrims, killed men, enchant women, and he said to them called on Mohammad to Conquers you.
This cruel talk has reached Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi after he listens to these words he cried badly and he said I will be the deputy of our master Muhammad.
after that he didn’t stay calm he fought until the hitten happened he won over the kings of Europe.
and arton was held captive by salah al-din and he remind him about what he said before then he killed him by his hand
He was the right person who deputy Mohammad and we proud of him.
you must see this creat castle but you have to visit Jordan and to book your tour to Jordan please fill the form in the link below
or you can see our planned tour
history of Christendom and the Byzantines in Jordan
The Byzantine period dates from the year 324 CE, when Emperor Constantine I founded Constantinople (Istanbul) as the capital of the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire. Constantine converted to the growing religion of Christianity in 333 CE. In Jordan, however, the Christian community had developed much earlier: Pella had been a center of refuge for Christians fleeing persecution in Rome during the first century CE.
During the Byzantine period, a great deal of construction took place throughout Jordan. All of the major cities of the Roman era continued to flourish, and the regional population boomed. As Christianity gradually became the accepted religion of the area in the fourth century, churches and chapels began to sprout up across Jordan.
The personification of the sea medallion, Church of the Apostles, Madaba.
Many of these were clustered together on the foundations of ancient Roman settlements, and a good number of pagan temples were plundered to build churches. Church-building witnessed extraordinary growth during the reign of Emperor Justinian (527-65 CE). Most of these churches were of basilica type, with semi-circular apses to the east and two parallel rows of pillars supporting a higher roof over the nave.
Mosaic Map of the Holy Land. One indication of the prosperity of the period can be seen in the mosaic floors which decorated many of these newly-built places of worship. These ornate mosaics often portrayed animals, people, and towns. The most impressive examples of Byzantine mosaic artistry can be seen in Madaba, and the greatest of these is the famed sixth-century Map of the Holy Land, also known as the Mosaic Map of Palestine.
JERASH - A BRIEF HISTORY
In a remote, quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead lie the ruins of Jerash, at one time a city of the Decapolis, and the only one of that powerful league through whose streets and monuments we can wander and see them as they were in its heyday, untouched except by the hand of time. Greater cities, such as Gadara and Philadelphia, have vanished almost without trace, but the remoteness of Jerash has saved it from being used as a stone quarry for nearby towns and villages, and it is one of the most complete examples of a provincial Roman city to be seen anywhere. The setting adds greatly to the charm of the place, lying as it does in a valley running roughly north and south and with a perennial stream running through the center of it. The banks of the stream are covered in walnut and poplar trees, which look green and cool even in the heat of summer when the surface of the surrounding hills is reduced to a harsh brown aridity. On the south, the hills draw away on either side, and the village of Sweileh can be seen on the far skyline.
The history of Jerash goes back to prehistoric times, and on the slopes, east of the Triumphal Arch can be found flint implements which show that here was the site of the Neolithic settlement. Outside the walls to the north was a small Early Bronze Age village about 2500 B.C., and on the hilltops above are remains of dolmens of a slightly earlier period.
Where is the Roman Theatre?
Taha Al-Hashemi St., Amman, Jordan
Roman theatres were built in all areas of the empire from Spain to the Middle East. Because of the Romans’ ability to influence local architecture, we see numerous theatres around the world with uniquely Roman attributes. There exist similarities between the theatres and amphitheaters of ancient Rome/Italy.
How old is the Roman Theatre?
The theatre was built in the period 138-161 CE, which dates back to the reign of Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. The sole centerpiece of the city, the magnificent masterpiece was designed to be northerly-oriented, to keep the sun off its spectators, and could seat up to 6,000 people on its steep stairs.
What happened in Roman amphitheaters?
Roman amphitheaters are amphitheaters – large, circular or oval open-air venues with raised seating – built by the ancient Romans. They were used for events such as gladiator combats, venationes (animal slayings) and executions
What were Roman Theatres used for?
The Romans loved all forms of entertainment. Sports contests, chariot races, gladiators and live theater were all very popular. They even played football! Plays were performed during religious ceremonies, to honor the gods.
FAQ About Jerash
1. How big is Jerash?
The city finally reached a size of about 800,000 square meters within its walls. The Persian invasion in AD 614 caused the rapid decline of Jerash.
2. Is Jerash worth visiting?
Jerash is really worth visiting because it's a little bit different from another roman town. The Dead sea is cool but can be easily done as a stop-off from Amman to the south maybe it can be combined with a visit to Mount Nebo. Wadi Rum is awesome and worth staying in the campsites there
3. How long do you need in Jerash?
between two and three hours, you should cover all the sites.
4. What time does Jerash open?
Opening hours: 08:00-16:00 (during winter), 08:00-17:00 (during summer).
5.what to see in Jerash?
Oval Plaza, Jerash Park, Ruins and history, Arch of Hadrian, Dibben Forest Reserve, Talal Dam, Temple of Zeus, South Theatre, Northern Theatre.
6.who built Jerash?
Emperor Hadrian The Arch of Hadrian was built to honor the visit of Emperor Hadrian to Gerasa in 129/130 AD.
7. Is Jerash mentioned in the Bible?
Jerash, formerly known as Gerasa, is indisputably the most complete and best-preserved Graeco-Roman city in the Middle East and is noted in the Bible as the “region of the Garasenes” (Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26).
Is Madaba worth visiting?
All part of the route around Madaba the Archaeological is well worth a visit. The mosaics are beautiful and leave less to interpretation than the MadabaMap. the cost is 2 JD and gives you entrance to the museum and the Church of The Apostles. Good as part of a walking tour of Madaba.
How do I get from Amman to Madaba?
Madaba is about 1 hr from Amman. Buses from Amman’s Tabarbour Station cost 1.20 JD (Oct 2018). Also, there are frequent minibusses from the 7th circle in Amman (1 JD)—they come from the center direction and take a turn south onto the airport road, directly after which you will find the bus stop.
What does Madaba mean?
Madaba (Arabic: مادبا; Biblical Hebrew: מֵידְבָא Medvah) is the capital city of Madaba Governorate in central Jordan, with a population of about 60,000. It is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of the Holy Land.
Is Madaba safe?
Jordan is very safe to visit and, despite local dissatisfaction with issues such as Iraqi immigration, the Syrian refugee crisis, unemployment, and high inflation, you are unlikely to feel any hint of the turmoil of neighboring countries.
How far is Madaba from Amman?
The distance between Madaba and Amman is 30 km. The road distance is 34.9 km.
Escape the tensions of city life and take a trip to the shores of the Dead Sea. Lie back and relax, absorbing the stunning combination of mountain and sea landscapes. Allow the soothing waters to ease the stresses away and enjoy a delicious lunch in a local beach-side hotel and spa.
Journey to the lowest point on Earth: The hypersaline waters lap the shore at 1,400 feet (427 m) below sea level. Though animals struggle in this environment—the water is nearly 10 times saltier than seawater—the natural beauty makes up for it. Gaze across the water to the Jerusalem hills in the west and to mountains flanking the east, and appreciate the dramatic and beautiful landscape.
Take a dip—or afloat—in the tranquil setting and feel the mineral-rich water work its magic on your skin. Let the heady mix of salty water, rich mud, and Jordanian sun fortify your body. Break for lunch at a nearby spa and savor the flavors of a local meal as you admire the inspiring views once more.
Wadi Rum Protected Area is a renowned picturesque landscape of a red sand desert with steep sandstone cliffs rising and creating long narrow canyons. Within Jordan, it is one of the countries standout attractions alongside the world wonder of the rock-hewn tombs of Petra and the ancient Roman city of Jerash.
Due to Wadi Rums elevation, at an average altitude around 1,000m above sea level and long, high and narrow valleys, it has cooler temperatures than the surrounding region and has been used as a passage on ancient transport routes for millennia as a result. It has also been inhabited continually by man throughout the ages despite limited sources of water.
Due to its natural uniqueness as well as its cultural significance, it was added as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011. There is an amazing array of landforms within the Wadi Rum Protected Area including Sandstone Valleys, Natural Arches, Gorges, Sandstone Cliffs, Caves, and Sand Dunes. The site also hosts a variety of prehistoric rock art, inscriptions, and archeological remains as well as more recent sites including those associated with Lawrence of Arabia. The area has evidence of continual human habitation for over 12,000 years, this is represented through the desert culture of the Bedouins who have maintained high levels of autonomy in the region over the past several centuries despite the region undergoing several significant changes of control and influence.
Modern Wadi Rum is solely inhabited by Bedouin families who trace their origins in the region back over 300 years. The camp and the community throughout the Protected Area is passionate about and maintains much of their historical cultural identity and are distinctly culturally different from the major commercial centers in Jordan.
The range of colors of the rocks and sands present in the Wadi Rum in combination with the rock formations are what make it famous. It is a particularly photogenic landscape and has attracted major films to shoot in the area because of this appeal. The varied colors of the rock formations and the honeycomb effect from the erosion of the sandstone cliffs as well as the shadows created by the deep gorges and wide valleys provide beautiful views that make for unique photo opportunities.
The Jordan River Baptism
Most scholars agree that it was at this spot on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Now you can visit the exact location where John baptized Christ.
It can often be hard to separate the man from the movement. Especially when the movement has been largely built around the man.
But for any real discussion about Jesus and history, we need to put faith to one side for a moment and look around at the broader picture.
Almost all of what Christians believe about Jesus comes from the Bible – that he is the son of God, that he preached particular messages, that he performed miracles, and that he was resurrected.
But none of that is provable. And, in fact, much of it is clearly not true unless you are willing to accept the supernatural.
There are even some scholars who believe that Jesus did not exist at all and was a fictional character created simply as a figurehead for a new religion. But, after centuries of research and investigation, most experts now accept that there was a man named Jesus.
They just don’t agree on exactly who he was and what he did.
Historians have a range of theories about Jesus. Some believe he was a charismatic healer, while others say he was a political rebel. Some think he was an apocalyptic prophet, while others would argue he was a social philosopher.
Not only do most people agree that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, there is no general consensus of where it happened. And it’s right here in Jordan.
The location of the Jordan baptism site was, in some ways, quite easy to determine. It was a mixture of scholarly research and archaeological evidence.
In the Bible, there is a reference to a place where John the Baptist performed his ceremonies called “Bethabara beyond Jordan” or “Bethany beyond Jordan”.
And in the famous Madaba Map of mosaics that I have talked about before, there is a place by the Jordan River that is marked with the name “Bethabara”. This gave investigators the general area.