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Sacred Sites in Jordan

Below is an illustrated index of the sacred sites and religious places in Jordan profiled so far on Sacred Destinations, listed in alphabetical order by name. Please note this list is far from comprehensive - many more great sites remain to be added. You can also view these sites on an interactive map of Jordan.

  • Amman
    Amman, Jordan
  • Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan
    The area known as Wadi Kharrar has long been believed to be the biblical Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan, where John the Baptist lived and Jesus was baptized.
  • Hammamat Ma'in
    Hammamat Ma'in (also called Zarqa Ma'in) is a series of natural hot springs and waterfalls with biblical connections, located between Madaba and the Dead Sea in Jordan.
  • Jerash
    Dubbed the "Pompeii of the East," Jerash is a ruined Greco-Roman city 80 miles north of Amman. The impressive ruins include Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Muslim buildings.
  • Kerak Castle
    Perched atop a hill with a sheer drop on three sides, the town of Kerak is dominated by the largest and best-preserved of the Crusader castles in the region.
  • Madaba Mosaic Map
    Madaba, Jordan
    Located 25km southwest of Amman, Madaba is famous for the many Byzantine mosaics uncovered here. The most famous is the 6th-century "Madaba Map" of the Holy Land in St. George's Church.
  • Mount Nebo
    Mt. Nebo is believed to be the mountain from which Moses viewed the Promised Land and the mountain on which he is buried. It is an important Christian pilgrimage site.
  • Byzantine Church
    Petra, Jordan
    Among Petra's ancient temples is a Byzantine church dating from the 5th and 6th centuries. Still being excavated, Petra Church contains some extraordinary Byzantine mosaics.
  • Great Temple
    Petra, Jordan
    This temple ruin in the city center is one of the largest structures in Petra. It was built in the late 1st century BC and is still being excavated.
  • The Monastery
    Petra, Jordan
    Misleadingly named based on crosses scratched on the wall, this is a huge, rock-carved Nabatean temple built around the 1st century BC.
  • The Siq
    Petra, Jordan
    Visitors to Petra begin their exploration with a walk (or donkey ride) through this dramatic sandstone canyon dotted with Nabatean carvings and monuments like the Obelisk Tomb.
  • The Treasury
    Petra, Jordan
    Believed by the Bedouin to contain a pharaoh's treasure, the Treasury is a beautiful Nabatean temple carved entirely out of the living rock.
  • Shobak Castle
    Shobak Castle is an early 12th-century Crusader castle perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain 4,265 ft above sea level, looking out over fruit trees below.
  • Umm al-Rasas
    This important archaeological site was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004. Its structures date from the 3rd to 9th centuries and most have not yet been excavated, but magnificent Byzantine mosaics have been uncovered in two churches.
  • Umm Qais
    Umm Qais is the site of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Gadara, a member of the Decapolis. The city is mentioned in the Bible as the site where Jesus cast out demons and sent them into pigs.