Jordan

UNESCO World Heritage site, Jordan’s Um er-Rasas seeks recognition; Roufan Nahhas; Arab Weekly

At Um er-Rasas, there are 16 churches, two square towers, water channels, reservoirs and a Ro­man military camp.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, Um er-Rasas is treasured by archaeologists for its valuable remains from the Roman, Byzantine and Early Muslim periods and appreciated by tourists for its well-preserved mo­saics.

Now, the mystical archaeologi­cal site, 60km south of Amman and traditionally overshadowed by other attractions such as Petra and Jerash, yearns for recognition as a tourist destination.

Although Um er-Rasas experi­enced a severe drop in the num­ber of visitors in 2015, many see a promising future for the less famed archaeological site that had once been transformed from a Roman military camp to a bustling town.

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