IMPORTANT NOTE: This newspaper was made on the v1 of this website, when we wrote only and exclusively for the family, so it is not as complete as the rest. However, you will find much more information about Jordan in the travel guide to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan from 2009
This account, that there is a mountain where Yavhe showed Moses the Promised Land, after 40 years of pilgrimage and crossing the Red Sea ... "Climb that mountain of the Abarim, in front of Jericho, and contemplate the land of Canaan that I give property to the Israelites. On the mountain where you are going to climb you will die, and you will go to meet with yours ... you will see the earth, but you will not enter it, in that land that I give to the Israelites"
The land of Canaan is the definition of the ancient region of the Middle East around the Jordan River and ending in the Syrian-Phoenician strip and this mountain where you could observe all of it, the Promised Land, is the Mount nebo. Here we start our day
Mount Nebo is located a few kilometers from Amman and is 800 m above sea level. Today we leave the capital to start our most adventurous route. Especially admirable is the panoramic view from above. The incredible views They allow you to observe the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, the Judean Desert and the town of Jericho. They say that clear days can be observed until Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Lake Tiberias. In the S.IV a small church was built later visited by the nun Eteria (there is an altar that bears his name) and its greatest extension was in the Byzantine era of S.VI and VII. Already in the 20th century the Franciscans arrived, current conservatives of the chapel, finding everything in ruins and rebuilding it while retaining in its interior precious mosaics of incalculable value. Why so much effort to lift it? It is said that here he died and Moises is buriedI have even Pope John Paul II on his pilgrimage of the year 2000 began his journey here and an olive tree was planted in his honor.
Outside the small sanctuary we can also find a cross with a snake coiled symbolizing the snake of Moses through the desert and the cross in which Moses was buried.
The visit from the historical and religious point of view is highly recommended. And from here, in just 10 minutes, we put ourselves in the city of Madaba, the fifth most populous city in the country and also called "the city of mosaics." Before entering we stop at a artisan shop (very interesting visit) to see the patience of these people to realize them. I couldn't ... it's like doing a puzzle !!!
Without wasting time (but if some dinars) we enter Madaba. This population, although of Islamic majority, concentrates the majority of Jordanian Christians. In fact 40% of the population is. That is also why it stands out for its multitude of churches of all religions living together. That's how nice it is, but if there's one especially interesting, it's the St. George's Church, Orthodox Greco church, famous for its history.
There are mosaics from the Byzantine and Umayyad times. The most prominent and first to reflect the lands of the region, is the mosaic-map of Palestine, Syria and Nile Delta of the 6th century. It is also in excellent condition.
We left Madaba to enter the Holy Land, more specifically in Bethany, which means house of the fountain in Hebrew, and house of the ford in Arabic. It is the place where the Jordan River used to cross in Antiquity. There Juan worked as a Baptist with his followers. That is precisely why this place is so famous, it is said that John baptized Jesus on the Jordan River and there is archaeological evidence that reaffirms this fact. Looking for this place we enter a path within the baptismal place (already a tourist site since the Pope came here in 2000). Interestingly, in the place where he was supposed to have done it, there is no river.
We observe the church of S. Juan Bautista It contains a mosaic from the Byzantine era as well and we go back into lush vegetation, looking for the new location of the Jordan River, to a church with a large golden dome. At last we reach the end of our journey, where down some stairs we find a dirty river and the border with Israel. You can see Israeli structures from the place of El-Maghtes and also two types of cultures, while Jordanians collect water from the river (like myself, sure my grandmother is excited), the Israelis bathe in it even with clothes (like some nuns) (UPDATE 2013: We would return to this point, but on the other side of the border - the Israeli side - on our trip to Israel and Palestine, knowing Qaser El Yahud the day we went to the Palestinian area of)
Hunger squeezes, and it is time to set course for a special destination, where the Jordan River flows. The dead Sea It is the lowest place on Earth, being 416.5 m below sea level. The ears plug as we go down. The decline in water is currently alarming (it has been halved in a few years). One of the most impressive wonders of nature is dying. We stop to eat at Amman Beach, a public tourist beach that borders this sea.
And from there to Movenpick Dead Sea (UPDATED 03/16/2009: See ARTICLE OF THE HOTEL HERE IN CHAVETAS), our accommodation to enjoy this afternoon of salinity (beware of getting water in the eye), tranquility and healing mud. The salinity It makes its waters contain no fish, no marine life and that the buoyancy is far superior to any other sea (no one sinks us). Did Jesus Christ walk through the waters? !!So any!! (just kidding, of course).
The few tourists and the sun going down behind the mountains of Israel with its reflection in the calm waters of this sea, made me breathe some of the most mystical moments of my travels. One of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever enjoyed. In the thought that tomorrow we enter the pink city, another magical city. See you tomorrow, family, see you tomorrow.
Isaac, from the Dead Sea (Jordan)