|Jordan islamic architecture|
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|Tourism is a very important sector of the Jordanian economy, contributing between 10 percent and 12 percent to the country's Gross National Product in 2006. In addition to the country's political stability, the geography offered makes Jordan an attractive tourism destination. Jordan's major tourist activities include numerous ancient places, its unique desert castles and unspoiled natural locations to its cultural and religious sites. The best known attractions include:
Petra in Ma'an, the home of the Nabateans, is a complete city carved in a mountain. The huge rocks are colorful, mostly pink, and the entrance to the ancient city is through a 1.25 km narrow gorge in the mountain - called the Siq. In the city are various structures, all (except 2) are carved into rock, including al Khazneh - known as the Treasury - which has been designated as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World" by the for-profit New Open World Corporation. Other major sites of interest in Petra include the Monastery, the Roman theatre, the Royal Tombs, the High Place of Sacrifice. Petra was rediscovered for the western world by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812.
Umm Qais, a town located on the site of the ruined Hellenistic-Roman city of Gadara.
Ajlun, famous for the Islamic Ajlun Castle.
Jerash, famous for its its ancient Roman architecture, including the colonnaded streets, arches, Roman theatres, and the Oval Plaza.
Amman contains the Roman theater, in addition to several museums, where one may find remains of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Al Karak contains an important castle from the times of Salah al-Din, known as Al-Karak Castle.
Madaba, well known for its mosaics, as well as important religious sites such as:
The Madaba Map.
The River Jordan, which is the river where Jesus of Nazareth was baptised, by John the Baptist.
Mount Nebo, where Moses was said to have gone to get a view of the Promised Land before he died.
The Dead Sea - It is the lowest point on earth, 402 meters below sea level, and becomes 1 meter lower each year. It is located near River Jordan.
Aqaba is a town on the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba with numerous shopping centers, hotels and access to water sports.
Other Tourist Sites
Wadi Rum is a desert full of mountains and hills located south of Jordan. It is popular for its sights in addition to a variety of sports that are practiced there, such as rock-climbing. It is also known for its connection to Lawrence of Arabia.
Amman is a very modern city with lots of shopping malls, shopping centers, hotels and an ancient Roman amphitheatre etc.
Fuheis a beautiful town about 20 minutes north-west of Amman.
Mahis with important religious sites, and wonderful landscape.
Al-Omwia's Palace which is placed to the north east of Jordan, with Islamic design
The Corinthian columns are a popular tourist attraction in Jerash and The treasury, as seen from al-Siq.
An Arabian Desert castle in Al Azrak
Spring in northern Jordan
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