Taking the Time: Exploring Petra in full
Monastery, Petra

Taking the Time: Exploring Petra in full

One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Petra truly deserves that designation, but not because of its signature sight, the carved façade known as the Treasury. Tour groups come in hordes to make…

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At the Roman Frontier: Jerash & Umm Qais
Colonnaded cardo

At the Roman Frontier: Jerash & Umm Qais

Temple of Artemis, Jerash Jerash and Umm Qais, in the north of Jordan, were one of 10 regional centers for the Roman empire during the first centuries AD. As such, under the names of Gerasa…

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Following Biblical footsteps in Jordan
Bethany on Jordan

Following Biblical footsteps in Jordan

Anyone who was raised in an Abrahamic religion or has some familiarity with Western literature knows the stories… Stories in the Bible or Koran about such places and peoples as Jericho, Bethany where Jesus was…

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Sweet spot: the delights of old and new Amman
Central Amman with Roman structures

Sweet spot: the delights of old and new Amman

Amman, the capital of Jordan is both ancient and new. The site was occupied back to the Neolithic age, some 10,000 years ago, then flourished under the biblical era Ammonites some 2 to 3000 years…

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Split personality: Djibouti City
Colonial bridge of cultures

Split personality: Djibouti City

Djibouti City, the country’s capital, occupies a long peninsula with a history of split personalities. When the French made it their capital at the end of the 19th century (as French Somaliland), the town maintained…

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