Jerash, Ajlun and Amman
Trip Start Apr 22, 2011
28Trip End May 15, 2011
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.