Once in Israel and specifically in Eilat the natural thing is taking some Jordan Tours. The neighboring Kingdom of Jordan has a Peace Agreement with Israel since 1994 when Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein signed the historic agreement on the Arabah valley between the two countries.
We continue to have a good relationship with the Kingdom of Jordan through all these years.
Jerash is one of the Decapolis of the Roman Empire
Three border crossings
There are several border crossings between Israel and Jordan, The Sheikh Hussein Bridge on the north, near Beth Shean south of the Sea of Galilee; another near the Dead Sea called Allenby Bridge and the third one north of Eilat that used to be called the Arava Crossing renamed after the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
The places to visit are many in this vast country of Jordan. I am going to elaborate about the places in other articles. Now let us imagine a virtual tour from north to south entering the country through Sheikh Hussein Bridge.Click here to Share your Story
Amman the Capital of the Kingdom of Jordan
Jerash Jordan is located 48 Km north of Amman, the capital, near the border with Israel and Syria.
Nestled in a a valley on the Mountains of Gilead it shows the grandeur of the Roman Empire and is today one of the best kept and preserved ruins of the era.
Archaeologists have found confirmation of people living in the area for more than 6,500 years. The real history of the city once called Gerasa comes from the Greco-Roman times and has been changed with times by Arab and, Circassians.
Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts.Its population is about three millions. It is a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley.
Due to its prosperity and good weather more than half of Jordan’s population concentrates in Amman.
The residential neighborhoods are elegant and clean with beautiful tree-lined avenues and white stone buildings.
The downtown area is traditional to any Arab big city. Full of small stores selling anything that comes to mind.
This is a 1,000 meters high mountain located northwest of Madaba opposite the north end of the Dead Sea facing Israel. According to ancient tradition this is the site where Moses saw the Promised Land before he died.
To this day nobody knows where is last resting place is, although tradition points to Mount Nebo, that is an important Pilgrims site.
A Byzantine Mosaic depicting Jerusalem found in
Madaba Jordan is also called the City of Mosaics. It is busy town with a normal life. Its claim to fame is the Byzantine mosaics that abound in the city. Many of the excavated mosaics are on display on the town’s museum and it is thought that many more are hidden underground waiting to be discovered.
Inside the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George is in exhibit a Sixth century Byzantine mosaic map showing the entire region from Jordan and the Land of Israel on the north to Egypt on the south.
The map includes a map of Jerusalem clearly depicting the Holy Sepulchre and a legend that says “Holy City of Jerusalem”.
Petra in Jordan is one of the Wonders of the World
In our virtual tour of the Kingdom of Jordan we finally arrive to Petra, a former Nabataean city that shows what humans can do in cooperation with mother nature.
Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed.
Petra the world wonder, is without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataean, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
We provide a full description and history of Petra Jordan in our Petra Page.
The Red Sea Port City of Aqaba Jordan
Before leaving back for Israel we visit Aqaba, Eilat’s twin city on the shores of the Red Sea. This a touristic town with all that tourists may expect from a Riviera town next to beautiful clear waters and surrounded by awe inspiring mountains.
Yitzhak Rabin Crossing
We leave Jordan via the Yitzhak Rabin crossing back to Israel. Eilat is just a few Km to the south.
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