Making our way around the Citadel!

Trip Start Jan 19, 2010
Trip End Jan 26, 2010

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Dear Blog,

As we made our way around the Citadel, evidence of many civilizations could be seen as well as numerous excavations in which remains as early as the Iron Age (10,000 BC) were found.  It was quite fascinating just to imagine people living and walking here so long ago.  All of these findings plus many more of other different time eras were all displayed in the Jordan Archaeological Museum in which we hastily walked to being only steps away from the temple of Hercules.

The warmth of the building was welcomed by all of us as we proceeded for a good half hour to wander in between aisles looking at all of the collection of these artifacts dating from as early as the Stone Age to 1,000 AD.

Once our visit around the museum was completed, we left the premises and followed Rod outside where other important structures were also viewed around the Citadel.  However, being awfully windy and bloodily freezing cold, only a few of us went with our guide, the others having decided to head back to the comfort of the bus.

Next in line were the remains of a small Byzantine Basilica which is thought to be dated from the 6th century AD.  Only a few standing columns marked the site.

An 8th century AD Palace Complex stood close which was an impressive site and the Citadel's best preserved structure.  A Street full of columns ran through the complex where ruins of the palace grounds were still visible.

Having visited everything around the Citadel, we now hastily walked down the hill in search of our motor coach in which the warmth was gladly appreciated.

Our tour, the Jordan's Experience was at its end.  With sad faces, we were now being driven to the hotel in which our keys to our rooms were given upon arrival.  By then, it was 5:00pm.

In the hotel's lounge, a big "Thank you" was given to Rod, our Tour Director for his excellent guide services throughout the entire trip but most of all, for his friendship and good sense of humour.

Thankful for Rod, our Tour Director!

Monique   :-)
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