Crossing into Jordan from
Israel is no
longer a problem, and travellers to Jordan would most certainly want to visit Petra, in
the south-west of the country.
Background, Jordan Travel Guides,
Jordanian Royal Family,
Karak, Map of Jordan,
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Countries neighbouring Jordan are:
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was recognised as a sovereign
independent state on March 22nd, 1946; when the British government relinquished its
mandate over Transjordan.
The Trans prefix was dropped in the 1950's after King Abdullah
formally merged all of Arab-held Palestine with Transjordan, despite strong opposition
from other Arab League members, and granted citizenship to West Bank residents.
In 1974, after the Yom Kippur War, Jordan relinquished any claim to
the Israeli-occupied West Bank by recognising the Palestine
Liberation Organisation as the sole representative of the Palestinian people.
Lost cities, Bible stories, untainted heritage, Lawrence of Arabia and
much more - Jordan is immersed with romantic associations; a gathering point of diverse
cultures and peoples in the dead-centre of Biblical territory.
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The Jordanian royal family claims direct descent from Hashim, the
grandfather of the prophet Muhammad, and thus the term Hashemite Kingdom.
King Abdullah II:
His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein is the 43rd generation direct descendant of
the Prophet Muhammad. He assumed his constitutional powers as Monarch of the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan on February 7th, 1999; the day his father, the late King Hussein, passed
In recognition of her efforts to advance development, democracy, and peace, Queen Noor has
been awarded numerous awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law and
Queen Rania: (QueenRania on Twitter)
Born in Kuwait, Rania Al-Yassin married Prince Abdullah on the 10th June, 1993 and became
Queen of Jordan in 1999.
The King's Office:
This site is designed to be a living tribute to the legacy of King Hussein, the father of
modern Jordan. Learn more about the Hashemite kingdom from King Husseins domain.
Amman became an important Turkish base during World War I; until
the British captured it in September 1918.
There are many Roman ruins in the city, from the era when Amman was
known as Philadelphia; after the 3rd century BC Egyptian king Ptolemy Philadelphus, who
captured the biblical Ammonite city of Rabbah Ammon.
The capital of Jordan is easily accessible from Jerusalem, across the Friendship Bridge.
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Karak is the most important town of southern Jordan.
This small, busy town at the top of an isolated hill, with a
magnificent view of the Dead Sea, boats one of the best- preserved castles in the Middle
East; second only to Syria's Crac des Chevaliers.
Variously known throughout history as Qir Heres, Qir Moab, and
Hareseth, Karak has been a prized possession of a number of civilisations.
The name of the site in the Hellenistic-Roman-Byzantine periods was
Karakmoba 'The Fortress-City of Moab'.
The history of Kerak goes back before Christ. It was on the routes of
the ancient caravans more than 2,000 years ago, it played a role in Greek and Roman
history, and was known as Kir, Characmoba, and other names, also in the Bible.
Actually, al-Karak is derived from karka, which is Aramaic for 'the
walled town or city'.
But it was not until the arrival of the Crusaders, in the 12th
century, that Karak reached its full splendour. It is recorded that the Crusader, King
Baldwin I of Jerusalem, had the castle built around 1132.
With its location midway between Shobak and Jerusalem, Karak formed
part of a great line of Crusader castles stretching from Aqaba to Turkey.
Several battles and decades passed before Saladin conquered the
castle, in 1188. Instead of destroying the castle, the Mamluks recognised its importance
and decided to strengthen it instead.
Even though the castle was damaged by earthquake and neglected for
some time, it can still be seen now that different parts were built in different times.
The city of Karak is today home to around 170,000 people and continues
to boast a number of restored 19th century Ottoman buildings, restaurants, places to stay,
and the like.
But it is undoubtedly Karak Castle which dominates and acts as a
magnet for tourists.
By George Isaac.
Many travellers now cross the border between
Eilat and Al 'Aqabah, and make their way up to Petra from
their base on the Gulf of Aqaba.
Any time of the year is a good time to visit Petra. Summer is hot but
you have the long day to enjoy the city and there are lots of caves to hide from the sun.
Winter is cold, but a cup of Bedouin tea helps. If you get the chance of seeing Petra
getting washed by the rain, you will never forget the colours of the rocks.
By Anees Maani.
Go 2 Petra:
Includes information on travelling and accommodation in the area, as well as photographs
and the history of the Nabataeans.
Ancient City of Petra:
Carved into the pinkish rock some 2,000 years ago and referred to as Sela in the bible,
Petra was the capital of the Nabataean kingdom and an important trading centre between the
4th century BC and the 2nd century AD; until Palmyra took away most of its trade.
Also known as Ruth's Jordan, this website offers an introduction to the country of Jordan
along with detailed information and advice for the independent traveller. There's also a
description of the everyday life of some of the Bedouin and village people in Jordan,
along with stories and personal anecdotes to better illustrate the way they live.
Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and
Activating the role of the tourism industry to highlight Jordans attractions and to
distinguish Jordan as an unique tourism destination.
The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ:
Jesus left Nazareth, went to Bisan and crossed the Jordan River to the east bank. He slept
his first night near Bela (the region of Fahl), then continued his journey on the eastern
side of the Jordan valley until he reached Bethany and went to John for baptism.
Discover Jordan with the Jordan Tourism Board.
Madaba is a pleasant, relaxed, tolerant and easy-going little town well known for its
Byzantine mosaics. From the Madaba Tourism Development and Heritage Preservation
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