Roaming the Middle East

I’m taking you back to the Middle East between Jerusalem and Petra, Jordan.

When you find yourself walking on the streets where Jesus himself once was and you happen to capture a moment in the midst of the perfect lighting……….

me in jersulaem

food

Literally the best Hummus you will ever eat in your life can be found in Jerusalem.

We spent a day touring around Jerusalem and then headed off to Petra, Jordan. On a guided tour, which I highly recommend. You get to relax and let the magic surrounding you take full effect so you can commit it to memory more quickly.

petra welcome sign

Jerash, Jordan

Me in Petra Jordan

Here is a bit of History on this Ancient City:

Jerash is the site of the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, also referred to as Antioch on the Golden River. Ancient Greek inscriptions from the city as well as literary sources from both Iamblichus and theEtymologicum Magnum support that the city was founded by Alexander the Great or his general Perdiccas, who settled aged Macedonian soldiers there (γῆρας – gēras means “old age” in Ancient Greek). This took place during the spring of 331 BC, when Alexander left Egypt, crossed Syria and then went to Mesopotamia. It is sometimes misleadingly referred to as the “Pompeii of the Middle East or Asia”, referring to its size, extent of excavation and level of preservation (though Jerash was never buried by a volcano). Jerash is considered one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Near East. It was a city of theDecapolis.

Recent excavations show that Jerash was already inhabited during the Bronze Age (3200 BC – 1200 BC). After the Roman conquest in 63 BC, Jerash and the land surrounding it were annexed by the Roman province of Syria, and later joined the Decapolis cities. In AD 90, Jerash was absorbed into the Roman province of Arabia, which included the city of Philadelphia (modern day Amman). The Romans ensured security and peace in this area, which enabled its people to devote their efforts and time to economic development and encouraged civic building activity.

In the second half of the 1st century AD, the city of Jerash achieved great prosperity. In AD 106, the Emperor Trajan constructed roads throughout the province, and more trade came to Jerash. The EmperorHadrian visited Jerash in AD 129-130. The triumphal arch (or Arch of Hadrian) was built to celebrate his visit. A remarkable Latin inscription records a religious dedication set up by members of the imperial mounted bodyguard wintering there.

The city finally reached a size of about 800,000 square meters within its walls. The Persian invasion in AD 614 caused the rapid decline of Jerash. However, the city continued to flourish during the Umayyad Period, as shown by recent excavations. In AD 749, a major earthquake destroyed much of Jerash and its surroundings. During the period of the Crusades, some of the monuments were converted to fortresses, including the Temple of Artemis. Small settlements continued in Jerash during the Ayyubid, Mamluk Sultanate, and Ottoman periods. Excavation and restoration of Jerash has been almost continuous since the 1920s.

petra rome

Welcome to Petra

also known in the Indiana Jones Movie, as the Lost City

entering in the lost city Not the best look because we were overheated and walking a ton but this place was worth  it.

camel smiling in petra jordan

petra the lost city

The site remained unknown to the western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as “a rose-red city half as old as time” in a Newdigate Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”.Petra was named amongst the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007 and was also chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the “28 Places to See Before You Die”.

Me again:

Our Tour Guide had us look down before we turned the corner to see the magnificent work of art, literally carved out of sand into the mountain. Fun fact: They built from the top down as opposed to the ground up. Camels greet you as you enter into this amazing secluded area. Tourists all about snapping photos, donkey’s are chauffeuring people around, me bursting out saying, “isn’t that animal abuse”. My Italian friend saying to me, that is so American of you to say. The sun beating down on you as you walk everywhere but it’s worth it. Your literally in the middle of no where, and just in complete amazement that a group of people worked this hard and knew that one day the world would witness and have you remember who lived, worked and loved here.

Massada

Dead sea pic

When we finished with Petra we headed back to Jerusalem and woke up for a sunrise tour of Masada Read here for the full description  , which over looks the Dead Sea. It was a great way to end the trip. Israel is absolutely amazing in every way. To think I only read of this place in the Bible as a little girl and thought it was so far away and to see it with my own eyes is truly an experience I’ll never forget.

 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

xoxo

Tiffany

 

 

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