Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Wadi al-Mujib - Karak

Trip Start Jul 11, 2007
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Trip End Jul 25, 2007


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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Today we left our hotel in Amman. But we will return here for a night at the very end of our trip. The first stop was in Madaba.
The most famous thing in Madaba is the Palastine Map from the 6th century in the Greek Orthodox St. George Church. It's a 6 x 15.5 m/19 x 50 ft mosaic with ca. 2.3 Million stones that shows a landscape. Today a big part of the map is destroyed.
If you wanna buy a mosaic, this is the place. But compare the prices and the qualities first. And don't forget to haggle!
Then we drove to the Mt. Nebo. Since the beginning of Christendom believers and other tourists pilger to the Mt. Nebo. The legend says, that Moses died right here on this mountain. The didn't find his grave yet. Although the hill is only 808 m/2650 ft high, the view is fantastic. On a clear day you can see as far as Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
After the visit of Mt. Nebo we drove to Kerak. We had a break at the Wadi al-Mujib. The wadi is the Grand Canyon of Jordan - a gaping crack in the plateau. The King's Highway winds in numerous serpentines down to the bottom of the canyon: from 700 m/2296 ft down to 200 m/656 ft and up again to 900 m/2952 ft (or vice versa).On the northern part of the canyon there is a great lookout point. The view is awsome there.
After Wadi al-Mujib we drove south. At the entrance to the Wadi Kerak there are the town and castle of the same name. The crusader castle was built by Payen Le Bouteiller from 1142 on. She went into Muslim hands in Novmber 1188.
A lot of the corridors are unlightet, so don't forget, again, your flashlight!
Finally we drove to Wadi Musa. This village lies right at the entrance to Petra, the highlight in every Jordan trip.
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missionary2
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Great photos-esp. views from Mt. Nebo. I am putting together an educational guide for a Missions School in Mozambique...care to share your 2 pics mentioned with me for this effort? doubleportion77@yahoo.com

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