Jerash, Ajlun Castle & Mt. Nebo
Trip Start Dec 31, 2008
8Trip End Jan 20, 2009
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From there we headed to Mt. Nebo, the site where Moses was given a view of the promised land and the site where he is buried. Here is located the Church of Moses which was expanded in the sixth century into one of the largest complexes of monasteries in the Middle East
We also visited Madaba where we visited St. George's Church which houses a mosaic floor of a map of the Holy Land. And lastly we visited Ajlun Castle (Qalat er-Rabad) - a Saracen castle built in the twelfth century, by a nephew of Saladin, to protect the land against the Christian crusaders. It is a wonderfully preserved castle with galleries, towers, staircases, and many chambers forming a medieval maze.
As we headed toward Petra, we took a spectacular drive along the northern end of what is known as the Great Rift which travels from Africa, and Olduvai Gorge, through Jordan. The lowest point in the Jordan extension of the rift is the Dead Sea which is also found at the lowest elevation on earth.