What Does Petra, Madaba and Germany Have in Common?; Al Bawaba

A master’s programme in heritage conservation offered by the School of Architecture and Built Environment [SABE] of the German-Jordanian University [GJU] has become a “reference” for the region, attracting students from Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Palestine, according to a Spanish scholar at the GJU.

Source: What Does Petra, Madaba and Germany Have in Common? | Al Bawaba

Where Jesus Was Baptized, Jordan Vies With Israel For Tourists; Jane Arraf; NPR

While UNESCO and the Vatican agree the site is in Jordan, a spot across the Jordan River, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, draws more visitors.

Source: Where Jesus Was Baptized, Jordan Vies With Israel For Tourists

Exploring Mars Without Ever Leaving Earth’s Orbit in Wadi Rum, Jordan; Yulia Denisyuk; Fodor’s

Traverse the other-worldly scenery of Jordan’s Wadi Rum. The unparalleled desert, which has provided the backdrop to movies like The Martian and Star Wars, offers travelers the opportunity to hike, camp, and take in a landscape not unlike Mars. For a true outer space experience, visitors can stay overnight for a guide-led star-gazing adventure.

Source: Exploring Mars Without Ever Leaving Earth’s Orbit in Wadi Rum, Jordan

7 Star Wars Filming Locations You Can Actually Visit; Susan Barnes; CN Traveler

Travel to a galaxy far, far away without ever needing light speed.

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In Jordan’s desert, ancient rock art finds modern defenders; Taylor Luck; CSM

A project to safeguard ancient inscriptions and drawings in a desert valley is helping local Bedouins to draw connections to the past.

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How the sound of one man’s call to prayer in Petra is educating tourists from around the world; Melinda Healy; The National

Melinda Healy was left in awe after a guide surprised tourists with a unique spiritual experience…

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Italian architect seeks to unravel ‘mystery’ of Qasr Amra; Saeb Rawashdeh; Jordan Times

The desert castle Qasr Amra (or Qusayr Amra), located 25 kilometres west of Azraq, is one of the most important monuments in Jordan and in the whole world, said an Italian architect.“It bears the only preserved large wall-painting cycle dating back to the Umayyad period [first half of the 8th century AD],” noted Giorgio Sobrà who is in charge of the restoration of the castle.

Source: Italian architect seeks to unravel ‘mystery’ of Qasr Amra

Project digs into ancient agricultural practices in Umm Al Rassas; Saeb Rawashdeh; Jordan Times

Umm Al Rassas is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located about 75 kilometres south of Amman, famous for its 16 Byzantine churches. In the late third century AD, the place was known under the name Kastron Mefaa, being the military camp of a cavalry unit, which protected the neighbouring villages from bedouin raids. Due to population growth in the fifth and sixth centuries, the place became the civilian, double-walled town of Mefaa.

Source: Project digs into ancient agricultural practices in Umm Al Rassas

The Nabataeans–An Early, Pre-Islamic Arab Kingdom Once Lost in Time; John Mason; Arab America

Long before the rise of Islam in the 7th century AD, an Arab power arose in the 4th century BC. Known as the Nabataean Kingdom, is formed from an Arab, Bedouin tribal base, much as the Islamic empire did almost a millennium later. In time, the Kingdom became a client state of the Roman Empire and thereafter declined in importance to the point where it almost disappeared from the map. It became so hidden in its geographic and economic isolation that it was virtually forgotten, becoming home to just a few nomads.

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Middle East: an overview of UNESCO World Heritage Sites; KAWA

The Al-Hijr site in Saudi Arabia As an ancient city carved out of sandstone, Al-Hijr extends over an area of 15 km² in northwest Saudi Arabia. This is a magnificent site, left as a legacy by the Nabataean civilization, with a multitude of tombs, wells and monuments richly decorated. As you walk through them, you …

Source: Middle East: an overview of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – KAWA

A Guide to Petra: One of New Seven Wonders of the World; Team Out Of Town; Out of Town Blog

The Ultimate first-timer’s travel guide to Petra, Jordan.

Source: A Guide to Petra: One of New Seven Wonders of the World – Out of Town Blog

Petra, a desert dream; Tom Stieghorst; Travel Weekly

Glimpsing the Treasury building at the end of mile-long hike down a narrow slot canyon — bright in the sun against the shadow of the cliff walls — has something of the quality of a mirage.

Source: Petra, a desert dream: Travel Weekly

In the Crosshairs: Ancient Rock Art Under Fire; Lisa Mol, Charlotte Brassey, Lucy Clarke, Kaelin Groom & Rachel King; Eos

Jordan’s petroglyphs are riddled with bullet holes from historic target practice and battles. A multidisciplinary forensics team went to Wadi Rum to assess the damage.

Source: In the Crosshairs: Ancient Rock Art Under Fire – Eos

Get lost in the historical beauty of Petra, Jordan; Jennifer Cox; Suburban

Petra, also known as the “Red Rose City,” is undoubtedly Jordan’s most popular tourist site. A stunning historical marvel built into the face of red rocks more than 2000 years ago, it’s a sight to be seen – and be seen it must, because you won’t believe it till you’re there.

Source: Get lost in the historical beauty of Petra, Jordan

Jordan Travel: 5 Adventures You Can’t Miss; Morgan Tilton; GearJunkie

Jordan is booming with adventure, indoors and out. From Petra to Wadi Rum, this guide outlines bike tours, ancient archaeological visits, and nights under the stars.

Source: Jordan Travel: 5 Adventures You Can’t Miss | GearJunkie

Let Disney’s new movie releases inspire your next travel adventure; Sasha Brady; Lonely Planet

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Petra – One of the 7 New Wonders of the World; Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

One of the seven new wonders of the world, the city of secrets, Petra, has become particularly popular since the release of one of Indiana Jones’ series and has since attracted millions of tourists from around the world. Petra (Arabic: البتراء, Al-Batrāʾ; Ancient Greek: Πέτρα), originally known to the Nabataeans as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan.

Source: Petra – One of the 7 New Wonders of the World – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

The Stunning Greek-inspired Architecture of the Ancient City of Petra; Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi; Greek Reporter

The ancient ruins of Petra, Jordan, highlight the pervasive influence of Greek architecture in ancient times. Here is what you have in store when you visit the archaeological site…

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Desert hiking in Jordan: explore Bedouin trails, climb Wadi Rum and have some unforgettable nights under the stars; Paul Niel; SCMP

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Must-Do Activities in Jordan; Marriott TRAVELER

Find things to do around Jordan for your trip to the Middle East. From floating in the Red Sea to exploring ancient historical sites, don’t miss these must-do’s.

Source: Must-Do Activities in Jordan | Marriott TRAVELER