Only 10 minutes to the west of Madaba, we were driven to Mount Nebo, a mountain elevated at 3,000 feet above sea level and where again, Michel and I got off the motorcoach with the rest of the group and followed Rod all the way to the visitor's entrance.
Mount Nebo, the Mount so much talked about and being where Moses stood and saw before him the Promised Land is presumed to be the site where he died and where he is buried. We passed in front of a commemorative monument made out in his honor.
After a very short walk, a platform on Mount Nebo was reached where in front of us, a breathtaking view of the Jordan Valley and of the Dead Sea could be seen. Since the weather was perfectly clear, Israel could also be seen far away in the background.
So here I was standing in a Holy Place as Rod explained to us, a place which had so much biblical meaning. I was seeing with my very own eyes the Promised Land, the land as seen by Moses approximately 1,300 BC. I was reliving history with my very own presence. Quite a strange feeling!
On a platform overlooking the Promised Land, a huge modern metal sculpture made by an Italian artist representing Moses was erected. The sculpture had a form of a cross with a serpent around it. Under the bright rays of the yellow sun, the huge metal sculpture was projecting a shadow over the Promised Land by expanding its arms as if forever, holding on to it!
After visiting Mount Nebo for approximately one hour, we left the premises around 4:00pm heading south in search of newer adventures.
Thankful for Moses' Promised Land.