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OVERVIEW

NATIONAL TRADITIONS

AROUND JORDAN


 

Jordan's diverse geography begins with hills in the north, where endless acres of green olive trees in Irbid and Ajloun produce some of the finest olive oil in the world.
Moving to the north west of Jordan, the city of Madaba, known as the city of mosaics, has long been famed for producing mosaic masterpieces from the Byzantine era portraying portraits of people-women in their beautiful attire-, pastoral and hunting scenes and early maps of the region.

 

Moving south, the Dead Sea offers the world Dead Sea therapeutic mineral salts and Mud which, among other benefits, serves as a detoxifying agent for the body.
Beyond the open desert lie untouched mountains of the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, carved into rose-colored stone common in this part of South Jordan where hand-made colored sand bottles depict the wonderful multi-colored sands of Petra.

 

Souk Zara recommended sites and museums:

Jordan Archaeological Museum:
Excellent collection of the antiquities of Jordan dating from prehistoric times to the 15th century. Citadel Hill, Amman. Hours: 9:00 to 5:00 daily except Tuesday; Fridays. Telephone: 4638795. Free entry.

Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions:
Jordanian Costumes and jewelry, Many over 100 Years old. Also mosaics from Jerash and Madaba. The Roman Amphitheater, Amman Hours: 9:00 to 5:00 daily. Telephone: 4651760. Entry fees: 150 Fils for Jordanians, 1 JD for other nationalities.

Jordan Folklore Museum:
Various artifacts of traditional Jordanian life, including costumes, home furnishings, musical instruments and handicrafts dating back to the 19th century. The Roman Amphitheater, Amman. Hours: 9:00 to 5:00 daily except Tuesday. Telephone: 4651742. Entry fees: 150 Fils for Jordanians, 1 JD for other nationalities.

Martyr's Memorial:
Chronological display of military memorabilia dating from the Arab Revolt of 1916 to the present, housed in a monumental building. Sports City, Amman. Hours: 9:00 to 4:00 daily except Saturday. Telephone: 5664240. Free entry.

Jordan National Gallery:
Jordan National Gallery Fine collection of paintings, sculptures and ceramics by contemporary Jordanian artists, as well as work by artists of other Muslim countries. Muntazah, Jabal Laweibdeh. Hours 10:00 to 1:30 and 3:00 to 6:00 daily except Tuesday; Fridays. Telephone: 4630128. Entry fees: free entry for Jordanians, 1 JD for other nationalities