Nia S. Amira
The wealthy land of an ancient civilization that is always full of blessings for its marvellous history even since 9500 BC. Jordan or Yordan in greeks is a vital ‘bridge connecting Asia, Africa, and Europe, the road bringing spices from India and the fine silk fabrics from China.
The land that has been always the target by neigboring countries for its huge ancient civilization in the world, and that in the present time becomes the essential heritage of the country. The important sites can be seen in several areas that reigned by the Hashemite dynasty. Hashemite’s ancestor was the tribe leader of Quraysh and it was a direct family blood of Prophet Ismail, son of Abraham.
This land is rich of tourism objects located in Mediterranean sea and ended on the tip of Aqaba bay in Red sea. Geographically,Jordan shares the Red Sea area together with Egypt, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
This blessed land for Muslim and Christian pilgrims is mentioned several times in the life event of Prophet Muhammad, especially during his trading trip heading to Syria. Prophet Muhammad had ever stopped by and took rest under a shady tree which in the present time is the area called Mafraq, about 80 km to the north from the capital Amman. Mafraq is one of important cities dating from the Islamic history when it later became the base of Arab Legion during 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The Turkish can benefit Hejaz Railway established in Mafraq and connect Istanbul to Medina.
The tourism objects in the land of King Abdullah II spread out from historical tourism, religious sites, wellness, and nature and each is well maintained. Petra, the stone city located in Wadi Musa, 4 hours driving from the capital Amman to the south. It was a home to the Nabateans who migrated gradually from Saudi Arabia during the 6th century BCE and established dwellings in the southern of Jordan. Nabateans were exceptionally skilled trader and they were also highly skilled water engineers, irrigated their land with an extensive system of dams, canals and reservoirs.
Visiting Gerasa of Jerash temple, the ruins of a Roman civilization about 50 km from Amman to the north. We will never stop to open the eyes widely and have the incomparable feeling facinated by a beautiful Roman temple of Artemis. The temple was built on one of the highest points and dominated the whole city . It was during the reign of Emperor Antonius Pius when the construction of this remarkable temple finished in 150 CE. Jerash has most remarkable monuments left of the ancient Roman w i t h i t s decorated well preserved colums and the walls with its entrances decorated with three Corinthian pilasters. I felt like going to the tunnel time when walking down from the highest point remembering Cleopatra’s impatience face and heart waiting for her lover, Julius Caesar. Jerash was destroyed by a big earth quake in the 8th century.
The footsteps of prophets were well preserved in religious history of Jordan; a grave of prophet Khidir in Aljoun, the cave of Ashabul Kafi or also well-known as Seven Sleepers in Rajib near by Amman, the cemetery of prophet Harun in Wadi Musa, the footstep of prophet Syuaib is located in Jordan valled bordered with Jericho, Israel and is only separated 10 meters from edge to edge by a plastic yellow rope. The Dead Sea or the massive grave for Luth sinners became massive grave and experienced the sensational dead sea mud is the best way to end the trip in this 4 season’s country with very mild climate close to cool at the Panorama Terrace in Main city where you can get a relaxation in a hot spring water, even during midnight time.
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah felt necessary to interfere in this tourism affairs in order to get back the great of Jord a n i a n tour i sm t h a t had declined since 3 years ago due to the political conflict in some neighboring countries facing directly to Jordan.
Jordan is a connecting mozaic that unities the ethnics from Asia, Africa, and Europe passing transjordania route and the old train is still there as the evidence of this glorious event in the past. It is located in the route heading to Wadi Rum, the home of the Bedouins, even a mozaic for art & culture and for the 3 important religions of the world.
Take a look in Madaba, a city of mozaic approximately 30 km from the capital, a place where Moses can only see the Promised Land from the highest point of Madama mount (read: valley) after God punished him and he was never allowed to enter Canaan.
At Manaba museum, a great of world’s mozaic collection is well maintained and the map of Holy Land from the year of 560 showing clearly the area of Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Jordan valley flanking Bethany in Jordan and Jericho in Israel,Nablus and Hebron to the Nile river delta in Egypt and the area in South Lebanon.
All those sites showing how Jordan has marvellous and important sources in human kind civilization.