Ancient Cities of Jerash and Amman Citadel

The day after I explored the modern and contemporary art of Amman, I went back in time to explore the historical ruins of Amman – Jerash and the Amman Citadel. Jerash is located 48km north of Amman and is now the second-most popular tourist attraction in Jordan, after Petra, due to its ancient sites as one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities of eastern Mediterranean. Based on archaeological evidence, Jerash was inhabited since the Paleolithic and Neolithic times (that’s 18,000 years ago!) but this fertile valley attracted settlement in 3rd century BC and was declared as one of the Decapolis cities (“ten cities”

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Images of Jordan

I have just returned from Jordan, an Arab kingdom bordered by Saudi Arabia to the east and south, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, and Israel and Palestine to the west. In the midst of surrounding turmoil, not surprisingly, people have the misconception that Jordan isn’t a safe country to travel to. Similar to my Iran travels last year, many friends were curious and have asked me, “Why, Jordan?” Well, here’s something personal to share. The country Jordan was introduced to me 5 years ago by my ex-boyfriend who was living and working in Qatar, and Jordan was

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