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Azraq

oasis in the desert, an illustration of how water brings life even at places like a desert

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Wadi Rum

valley in southern Jordan

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Dana Nature Reserve

biosphere reserve

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Amman

capital of Jordan

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Jerash

ancient city in Jordan

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Umm Qais

town in Jordan

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Petra

city in southern Jordan

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Desert Castles

fortified palaces or castles in what used to be the Umayyad province of Bilad ash-Sham

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Dead Sea (Jordan)

Jordanian side of the Dead Sea

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Kerak

city in Jordan

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Aqaba

Jordanian coastal city

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Ajlun

city

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Madaba

city in Madaba Governorate, Jordan

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Sights

Dead Sea

salt lake bordering Jordan and Israel

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Al-Karak

city in Jordan

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Salt, Jordan

mineral used as ingredient, composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl)

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Umm ar-Rasas

Jordanian archeological site

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Machaerus

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Qasr Amra

château

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Mount Nebo

mountain in Jordan

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Temple of Hercules (Amman)

Roman period remains.

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Dana Biosphere Reserve

biosphere reserve

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Qasr Al-Kharanah

desert castles located in present-day eastern Jordan

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Roman theater (Amman)

Built during the reign of Antonius Pius, 138-161AD, this impressive theater could seat up to 6,000 people. Next to it are a folklore museum and a popular culture museum which the entrance fee also covers. Next to it is the Odeon theater, a smaller theater built at the same time. There are two small museums (Folklore and Popular Traditions) to the right and left as you enter.

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Wadi Musa

This is the city next to Petra, doesn't have any big touristic attraction except for a great panorama from uphill.

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Azraq Wetland Reserve

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) facility that shows you how they are working to preserve the wetlands. You can follow the short, but expensive, Marsh Trail through the main wetlands section to get a glimpse of what they would have been like, complete with ruins of ancient dams.

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Qasr Al-Hallabat

human settlement in Jordan

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King Abdullah I Mosque

Impressive new mosque, with a church opposite. Together, they give an interesting view.

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Ajloun Forest Reserve

A 13-km² protected forest run by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. The reserve features multiple hiking trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.

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Ad Deir

The largest carved monument in Petra, dates back to the 1st century AD. The interior, like that of the Treasury, is puny in comparison to the facade. The more than 800 steps up to the Monastery can take over an hour, and even if you take a donkey you will have to walk and climb for about 10 minutes near the end.

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Al-Khazneh

Upon exiting the Siq, visitors can view this jaw-dropping grandeur. Be sure to note the urn atop the Treasury structure, it has been rumored that the urn contained a Pharaoh's hidden treasure, and the urn bears the bullet pock marks where Bedouin travellers throughout the years have tested the theory. Get there when the park opens at 06:00 or 06:30 (depending on the season) and you may have the Treasury all to yourself or with fewer than 5-10 people around and no vendors.

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Siq

The entrance to Petra is a long, winding sandstone canyon (about 2 km). There are minor carvings spotted here and there throughout the Siq, but the most impressive sights are the colorful and unusual sandstone patterns in the rock walls. There are also remains of terracotta pipes built into the sides of the canyon that were used in Roman times to carry water.

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Amman Citadel

A national historic site at the center of downtown Amman. Its history represents significant civilizations that stretched across continents and prospered for centuries, as one empire gave rise to the next. Settlement at the Citadel extends over 7,000 years.

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Umayyad Palace

In the northern portion of the Citadel, it offers a great view of Amman.

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Ajloun Castle

An Islamic fortress, built during the period of the Crusades. The castle is located on the top of a mountain just outside the small city of Ajlun. The castle is an interesting maze of passages and levels, and offers a wonderful view of the surrounding area, northwestern Jordan, and off into Galilee.The castle was built in 1184-1885 AD and was one of the few fortresses built to protect the country against Crusader attacks from both the west and the north. It also controlled the area around it, including another of its major objectives, to control the iron mines in the area. The castle is one of the best preserved and most complete examples of medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture.Ajloun Castle dominated the three main routes leading to the Jordan valley and protected the trade and commercial routes between Jordan and Syria, it became an important link in the defensive chain against the Crusaders, who, unsuccessfully spend decades trying to capture the castle and the nearby village.From the top of the castle, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Jordan Valley and the highlands of north Jordan. Excavations have recently identified a church that was built on the castle site in the earlier Byzantine period, while restoration and conservation works have made all areas of the castle accessible and safe for visitors. It is recommended to bring binoculars, also, the scenery is promised to be beautiful and as much a part of the reason to visit Ajlun Castle as the castle itself!

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Rujm Al-Malfouf

A circular watchtower built by the Ammonite kingdom some time between 500-1000 BC.

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Aqaba Fortress

It dates to the 14th century, although the present structure was built by the Mamluke sultan Qansawh el-Ghawri (1501-1516) and has been revised many times since then. The archeological museum which used to be here no longer exists.

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Al-Abdali

district in Amman Governorate, Jordan

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Tell Mar Elias

The site of two very old churches and the reputed area where the prophet Elijah was born.

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Aqaba Flagpole

The fifth tallest freestanding flagpole sits at a height of 130 metres high. It carries the flag of the Arab Revolt.

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Nymphaeum (Amman)

A partly-preserved Roman fountain.

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Rainbow Street

Near the 1st Circle in Jabal Amman, this is an interesting area to walk around and explore, it is named after the old Rainbow Cinema which is now out of use, but the area has experienced a revival with many of the old houses being restored and put into use, in the area there are some cafes and bars including Books@cafe and Wild Jordan, both with great views, a Caribbean restaurant, an Indian restaurant, a sushi joint, and an ice cream shop. There is a hammam, and the Royal Film Commission which sometimes holds outdoor screenings on its patio and some interesting small shops. Across the street from the British Council on Rainbow St., there is the refreshing Turtle Green Tea Bar where everything is in English and you can borrow a laptop to access the internet while enjoying your snack.

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Jordan

Jordan (Arabic: الأردنّ al-Urdunn) is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the east and south, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, Israel, the West Bank and the Dead Sea to the west and the Red Sea in its extreme south-west. Jordan is located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. The capital, Amman, is Jordan's most populous city and the country's economic and cultural centre.

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Saudi Arabia

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Iraq

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