Aqaba Jordan – Arab tourism city – Culture Geography and History

Aqaba is the only coastal town of Jordan and is located south of the country. Due to its strategic location between Asia and Africa, it is a well known city. The coast and its cultural significance makes this a major tourism destination as well. Local as well as international visitors flock to Aqaba throughout the year.

Below are some pictures of Aqaba that show the city and its surrounding.

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Sights from the Gulf of Aqaba coast in the city of Aqaba, Jordan.

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Historical sites in Aqaba, Jordan.

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Old sites in the city of Aqaba, Jordan along with the new developments.historical sites in aqaba jordan

Old sites in the city of Aqaba, Jordan can be seen all over the city.historical sites in aqaba jordan


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Petra Jordan – Called Rose City due to the Rose color of the area

The rose color of the areas in and around Petra gave it the name of “Rose City”. The pictures below show those colors.

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Petra Jordan – Tombs Sightseeing Pictures and History

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Jordan Petra – View of the Valley Pictures and History

Petra is a mirror of the overall Jordanian landscape and history. Here is an overview of the valley in and around Petra. The area is surrounded by rugged mountains and valleys.

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Jerash in North Jordan – Culture, History and Things to See

Jerash (also known as Gerasa) is a very ancient city of Jordan located in the north of Jordan about 50 kiometers noth of the City of Amman. It is the second most popular toured city in Jordan after Petra.

The city dates back to the bronze age with traces dating to around 3500 B.C. Jerash is known to have been founded by Alexander the Great. The remains that one notices in the city are from the Roman period when the Romans built various temples and fortresses in the area. Jerash is known to bring together cultures of the Roman era as well as from the Middle East.

The city started to see a Muslim influence during the times of the Ayyubid, Mamluk Sultanate, and the Ottomans.

Some of the remains in Jerash city include the following that can be included in the list of things to do when visiting the city:

  • Numerous Corinthium columns
  • Hadrian’s Arch – Built to honor the visit of Emperor Hadrian to Gerasa.
  • The circus/hippodrome
  • Temples of Zeus and Artemis.
  • The Oval Forum
  • The long colonnaded street or cardo
  • The large South Theatre and smaller North Theatre.
  • Two communal baths
  • A number of scattered small temples
  • A large Nymphaeum fed by an aqueduct
  • An almost complete circuit of city walls
  • A water powered saw mill that was used for cutting stone and rocks
  • Two large bridges across the nearby river.

Other things to do in Jerash, Jordan include the popular Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts. It is one of the largest cultural festivals of the region and is usually held in the month July. When planning a trip in the summer to Jordan, it would be wise to make it coincide with this festival to make the trip quit worthwhile. More information on the festival and its dates can be found here.

The following are some of the pictures related to the city.

The North Theater – Jerash, Jordan
Fertile areas of Jerash, Jordan
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Overview of Jerash city and the outskirts
Panoramic view of Jerash city
Panoramic view of the columns of ancient Jerash city
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The Arch of Hadrian in Jerash, Jordan.
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Panoramic view of the columns of Jerash
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Tourists in Jersah Jordan around the columns of the ancient city

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Ajloun and the Ajloun Castle in Jordan and Related History

History and Background of Ajloun, Jordan

Ajloun is a city in Jordan that is located approximately 80 kilometers northwest of the city of the capital, Amman. Ajloun is a collection of about 27 villages with a population approaching 200,000. Both Muslims and Christians live in the Ajloun city but the Christians are in minority.

One of the notable places in Ajloun is the Ajloun castle. The castle played a central role of controlling traffic between Damascus and Egypt during the twelfth century. The castle was renovated numerous times during the reigns of various rulers such as the Mamluks, and Salahuddin Ayyubi. The castle was destroyed during the times of the Mongols and it later suffered more damage during the earthquake that struck the area in the early twentieth century.

The Ajloun castle gets hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Ajloun is a great place for visitors as it not only gives them a sense of history dating back to the time of the early Muslims, the fertile landscape makes it an excellent place for sightseeing.

Below are some of the pictures of the Ajloun area and the collection of villages that make up Ajloun.

Sightseeing in Ajloun, Jordan

The Ajloun Castle near Amman in Jordan
The Ajloun Castle near Amman in Jordan
Overlooking the Ajloun Governate and Ajloun villages
Overlooking the Ajloun Governate and Ajloun villages
The Ajloun Castle in Jordan (near Amman)
The Ajloun Castle in Jordan (near Amman) – Top closeup shows the fortress like structure
The Ajloun Castle in Jordan (near Amman) – One of the towers of the fortress like structure

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