Amra Palace Petra
Wadi Muosa, P.O.BOX 124
Petra 71810, Jordan
Tel: 00962 (3) 2157070
Fax:00962 (3) 2157071
E-mail: info@amrapalace.com

 

Amman

A sprawling city spread over 19 hills. Amman is the modern, as well as the ancient capital of the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan, known as Rabbath-Ammon during prehistoric periods and later as Philadelphia.

The city has been a subject to numerous excavations which have revealed remains from the Neolithic period as well as from the Hellenistic and late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages. The site which is known as the Citadel includes many structures such as the Temple of Hercules, the Omayyad Palace and the Byzantine church. At the foot of the Citadel lies the 6000 seat Roman Theatre which is deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and still used for cultural events. Another newly restored theater is the 500-seat Odeon which is used for concerts.

The three museums found in the area offer a glimpse of history and culture, they are the Jordan Archaeological Museums, the Folklore Museum and the Museum of Popular T
radition. The city is crowned by the Citadel, a hill with the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, and a museum with artifacts dating back to the earliest settlement in the region some 700,000 years ago. At the foot of the Citadel lies the 5,000-seat Roman Theatre.

The distance between Amman and Petra approximately 240 km/ 150 mile.

Petra

The ancient city of Petra is located in southern Jordan about 240  kilometers south of Amman. Petra is now a UNESCO world heritage site that enchants visitors from all corners of the globe. However, the name Petra, and the early name Sela both mean the same thing, ‘Rock’. Petra was the great capital of the Nabataeans, from which, at the height of their power, they ruled the country as far north as Damascus. There was an earlier Edomite town on the site, but of that practically no traces now remain.

The city was extensively occupied from about the fifth century B.C. to the fifth century A.D., and was at its heyday during the fifth centuries B.C. and A.D. Much of Petra's appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometer long chasm (or Siq), the walls of which soar 200 meters upwards. Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq.

The distance between Amman and Petra approximately 240 km / 150 mile.
 

Wadi Rum

Stunning in its natural beauty, Wadi Rum epitomizes the romance of the desert, with its "moonscape" of ancient valleys and towering sandstone mountains rising out of the sand. It is best known because of its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who described as 'Vast, echoing and godlike'.

However, there are many places to visit in this vast terrain, the most important of which are Lawrence of Arabia's springs, Jebel Khazali and the mountain of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. The most tantalising experience, however, remains a night's stay beside the fire and under the most magnificent starry desert sky.


The distance between Wadi Rum and Petra  approximately 70 Km / 44 mile.
 

Aqaba

The city of sun and clean sandy beaches and transparent waters, it is an ideal location for both relaxation and water sports. Sunbathing, Swimming, para-sailing, water skiing and jet skiing, are just some of the activities to partake in.

Famed for its preserved coral reefs and unique sea life, this Red Sea port city was, in ancient times, the main port for shipments from the Red Sea to the Far East.  

The Mameluk Fort, One of the main historical land marks of Aqaba was originally a Crusader Castle, rebuilt by the Mameluks in the sixteenth century. Square in shape and flanked by semicircular towers, the fort is marked with various inscriptions marking the latter period of the Islamic dynasty.


The distance between Aqaba and Petra approximately 120 km / 75
mile.

*Information courtesy of The Jordan Tourism Board & The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

 

 

 

 

 

 

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