Friday, June 2, 2017

Discovering Ancients Civilizations And Walking Among Their Ruins On Jordan Tours

By Ryan Lewis

The Middle East is in international headlines all the time, and usually not for good reasons. For centuries it has been an area of the globe that have seen almost continual upheaval and tension. Jordan is a haven of peace and prosperity in the midst of several warring factions. It is also home to some of the oldest civilizations known to mankind and the ruins that give proof of their existence. There are compelling reasons to travel to this region and participate in the available Jordan tours.

It probably not possible to take in all this country has to offer in one trip. Visitors have to choose where to start and which types of attractions are of most interest to them. Most begin with Petra, the Rose Red City. This ancient city attracts visitors from all over the globe who know what an important and famed archaeological site it is.

Visitors are invited to stroll through the Street of Facades and marvel at the Theater. Guides love to relate stories about a fabled pharaoh's treasure believed by the Bedouins to be hidden deep in the Treasury. Like a number of other structures in Petra, the dam has been renovated and restored to replicate the original plan of this city's founders, the Natabataeans.

Visitors are always amazed by how impressive the Royal Tombs appear when seen from across the valley. Tours begin with the Urn Tomb, accessible only by a steep climb and on to the most colorful of the tombs, the Silk. The Corinthian Tomb, which resembles the Treasury building is next in line, and the Palace Tomb rises to a height of three stories. The Palace Tomb is believed to be copied from the design of Nero's Golden House.

Visitors to Amman will want to tour the Citadel, the remains of an ancient structure from the Neolithic Age. The Temple of Hercules is identified by the pillars, clearly visible well before ever reaching them. Hercules' hand is a disappointment to some. It often looks massive in photos, but is somewhat less impressive in person.

The Bronze Age Citadel caves were used for communal burial grounds. Al-Qasr was a massive palace built during the early Islamic Age. Most experts believe what remains of it is a guest waiting area. It is currently under renovation.

No visit to this region would be complete without a visit to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Guides bus guests from Ammon on a day or half day tour of this amazing natural salt water lake. It's so rich in salt that everyone can enjoy floating leisurely in the therapeutic waters. The mud is rich with minerals and is a popular resource for cleansing beauty routines.

There are so many sights to see and things to learn, that one article can't even scratch the surface. It may take some serious research to decide which wonders you want to experience on your first visit. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to return to investigate more.

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