The Middle East kingdom of Jordan is bordered on the west by Israel and the Dead Sea, on the north by Syria, on the east by Iraq, and on the south by Saudi Arabia. It is comparable in size to Indiana. Arid hills and mountains make up most of the country. The southern section of the Jordan River flows through the country.
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Amman is the capital of Jordan. We flew here on Emerites airlines via Dubai. Only about an hour and a half flight. This country is dry, dry, dry ....and seems to have rubbish (mainly plastic bags, empty cans, bottles) almost everywhere, especially along the roads and highways. The locals don't even seem to notice it.
We met our palistinian guide here in Amman. She was fantastic at all times. Extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions on any subject.
The people were all very friendly and welcoming, and the food throughout this whole trip was scrumptious (if you like spicey).

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Madaba (Arabic: مادبا‎) is the capital city of Madaba Governorate in central Jordan, with a population of about 60,000. It is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of the Holy Land. Madaba is located 30 kilometres (19 miles) south-west of the capital Amman.

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Mt Nebo

Mount Nebo (Arabic: جبل نيبو‎ Jabal Nībū; Hebrew: הַר נְבוֹ‎ Har Nevo) is an elevated ridge in Jordan, approximately 817 metres (2,680 ft) above sea level, mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. The view from the summit provides a panorama of the Holy Land and, to the north, a more limited one of the valley of the River Jordan. The West Bank city of Jericho is usually visible from the summit, as is Jerusalem on a very clear day.

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Kerak commentsAl Karak (Arabic: الكرك‎), also known as just Karak or Kerak, is a city in Jordan known for its Crusader castle, the Kerak Castle. The castle is one of the three largest castles in the region, the other two being in Syria. Karak is the capital city of the Karak Governorate.

Karak lies 140 kilometres (87 mi) to the south of Amman on the ancient King's Highway. It is situated on a hilltop about 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level and is surrounded on three sides by a valley. Karak has a view of the Dead Sea. A city of about 20,000 people[when?] has been built up around the castle and it has buildings from the 19th-century Ottoman period

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Al Maghtas (Arabic: المغطس‎), meaning "baptism", or "immersion" in Arabic, is historic place in Jordan on the east bank of the Jordan River. It is an archaeological site identified by the majority of scholars and religious institutions as the site of Jesus of Nazareth's baptism by Saint John the Baptist .[1][2][3][4][5] The site corresponds to the directions given in Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22 and John 1:28.

John 1:28: These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptising.[6]

In 1994, UNESCO sponsored archaeological excavations in the area.[3] Pope John Paul II visited the site in March 2000 and Pope Benedict XVI visited in May 2009. In 2007, a documentary film entitled The Baptism of Jesus Christ - Uncovering Bethany Beyond the Jordan was made about it.[7][8][8] Pope Francis visited the site in 2014 and Vladimir Putin inaugurated a guesthouse for pilgrims at the baptism site in 2012.[8]

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