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Visiting the rock city

date of entry 17/02/2005
mileage 454,355

capital Amman

area 89.342 km²

population 6.343.000

GDP 28.8 Bill. US-Dollar

official language Arabic

The overland route to Jordan passes through Syria, which is currently inaccessible. "I have visited Jordan twice, both times when Syria was still open to outsiders", recalls Gunther. He was impressed by the whitewashed houses of the capital, Amman; Petra, the former capital of the Nabatean kingdom; and the deserts of the south.
  • Otto in the Wadi Rum, in the south of Jordan. One the typical remote desert areas which is easily accessible to visitors.
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  • Amman, the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, has a population of 2 million.
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  • Islam is the country’s state religion, and more than 90% of the population are Sunnis.
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  • The abandoned city of Petra, in southern Jordan, is hewn from colourful sandstone rocks. The Nabateans lived in this narrow valley 2,000 years ago, but Petra was not rediscovered until the 1920s.
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  • Camels and dromedaries are still commonly used as transport, and not just for tourists.
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  • The oval forum in Jerasa is ringed by colonnades. The city flourished in the first century AD, under Roman rule.
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  • The triumphal arch at the entrance to ancient Jerasa honours Hadrian, the fourteenth Roman emperor
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  • Roman remains: The Temple of Artemis in the ancient city of Jerasa, forty kilometres north of Amman
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  • Video: Jordan: gleaming capital city, unforgettable Petra