Picturing Jordan

Sharing Jordan with the world — one picture at a time.

Greco–Roman Ruins in Jerash

Row of columns at the Oval Forum in Jerash

Row of columns at the Oval Forum in Jerash

Jordan's location in the geographical “near east” has exposed the country to dozens of civilizations over the course of history. Over the last three thousand years alone this region has experienced the coming and going of the Persian, Greek, Roman, Nabataean, Byzantine, and Ottoman — to name a few — empires, the legacies of which are often still visible today.

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The Grandeur of Petra

Petra's "monastery" basking in the golden light just before sunset

Petra's "monastery" basking in the golden light just before sunset

The Nabataeans were a tribe who became filthy rich on the trade of frankincense, myrrh, and spices in the Arabian peninsula around 2,000 years ago. They built Petra as the capital of their flourishing civilization. Hauntingly beautiful stone facades standing one hundred meters tall are amazingly intact and well preserved to this day.

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