Mt. Nebo, Madaba and Karak Castle

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

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Driving out of Amman this morning we go through the new section of the city, passing the Parliament building, the American Embassy, and one of the largest mosques in the country. Our first visit is to Mount Nebo, where Moses ended his exodus from Egypt in sight of the Promised Land which he was not able to visit. The monastery built at the site of an ancient church at the top of the mountain is undergoing the construction of a new superstructure over the historic building, so we are not able see the one of the best features of this site. But we are able to go to the overlook into Israel and look out over the lands mentioned so prominently in the Bible.

Nearby is the town of Madaba, which is the home of the St. George Church whose floor contains the famous mosaic map of the Middle East from the sixth century. We have an expert describe the details of the map, and then enter the church to view it. Many other more recent mosaics adorn the walls. It is logical that in this "city of mosaics" we visit an artisan shop where fantastic new mosaics are being created today. Several of our number purchase mosaic-topped tables for outdoor patio furniture.

After lunch we visit the ancient fortified Crusader stronghold of Karak, perched high on a mountain overlooking several strategic valleys. It is more imposing than beautiful, but we enjoy clambering around in the massive chambers and taking in the views.

We don't get away from the Castle until 5pm, and there is another long drive ahead of us until we reach our hotel in Petra. It is a truly gorgeous property, with enormous rooms. We have a buffet dinner then head for bed, looking forward to our visit tomorrow to the historic site of Petra.
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Gary on

Hey Dan. Been following this blog closely as I almost signed up for the trip. Kicking myself now for not doing so--looks like it's been a fantastic tour. Also, I recognize a few familiar/friendly faces from the Morocco tour last year (hey, guys!). Safe travels to all.

wareameye on

We miss you! I'll tell the others "hi" from Gary!

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