Jerash, Ajlun and Amman

Trip Start Apr 22, 2011
Trip End May 15, 2011

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Spectacular sights today, as we start with the ancient city of Jerash and its well-preserved Roman provincial town. This comes close to the experience of Ephesus in Turkey. It is not granted UNESCO World Heritage status because some mistakes were made in a few restorations, which included concrete and other inauthentic materials, but once these are corrected this incredible place is sure to gain World Heritage status.

Our next visit is to the towering Arab-Islamic castle at Ajlun, which was instrumental in the defeat of the Crusaders eight centuries ago. It was built by Saladin's general in 1184 AD. A good example of Islamic architecture, the fortress dominates a wide stretch of the northern Jordan Valley with stunning views.

Our long day of touring concludes with a visit to the Citadel in Amman. It is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon, located on a mountain with stunning views of the city. The remains of the Temple of Hercules are most impressive, and the museum holds the oldest known plaster statues ever found – dating back over 6,500 years!

We return to the hotel, sated from sightseeing, and eager to catch up on all the important news of today out of the United States (no more bin-Laden). We have a delicious buffet dinner at the hotel, and then it is time to pack for our departure from Amman in the morning.
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bruce on

nice to see

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