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Jordan is a melting pot culture. It is a biblical site full of names and places that appear in the bible. These include Mt. Nebo where Moses looked over the promised land, but could not enter, Dead Sea of course, Jordan River that flows from Lake Galilee to Dead Sea, Jerash or Gerash where Jesus expelled a host of ghosts to enter into a herd of pigs. This land used to be inhabited by Edomites, Ammonites, Moabites. Later, Nabbateans lived and dominated in the region, thus creating the massive and impressive Petra, the lost city or the rose-red city, full of architectural sculptures carved on sandstone mountains. Roman theaters are in Amman and Jerash. Greek temples and Roman temples coexist while Christian heritages are also evident. Many places show the mixed culture of the local, Roman, Greek empires and Christian influences. Jordanians must have been very adaptive and embracing.
Jordan is famous for Petra. Petra means a feminine form of rock in Greek. (Compare it to Petro for Peter.) Petra is a lost city which was discovered by a Swiss explore in 19th century. It has a lot of architectural sculptures carved on sandstone mountains all over the place. This city used to be occupied by the native people, called Nabbateans. They were bedouins, or people living in the tents moving around in the deserts. They dominated the region with caravan trades for quite some time, but finally conquered by and annexed to the Roman Empire. And the natives extinguished. Almost.
The current Jordanians are composed of various people groups. The majority is Palestinians. Hundreds of years ago, they settled in this area and live peacefully. Even the current queen is a Palestinian. But if you go back a little further, their ancestors are all the same people.
Jordan does not produce oils or have rich minerals. Its main FX earning industry is tourism. Obviously the main attraction is Petra, probably 90%. The rest includes Dead Sea and recently Jerash that is attracting tourists with archaeological sites full of ruins of different ages. Jordan also produces pomogranates and olives.
Camels, donkeys, mules and horse carriages were attracting tourists who prefer not to walk too long or not to climb the steps to higher places, such as Monastery, the Higher Altar, Royal Tombs etc. We managed to climb all the way to Monastery.
The gorge or pathway from the entrance to the Treasury was just fabulous. Particularly, the night sky covered with countless stars during the Petra by Night was gorgeous and almost mystic.
Historically rich Jordan. We have not been able to explore the country to the full extent of satisfaction, but it has been a wonderful experience of making the bible come alive with visible evidences of certain sites. - Jeffrey