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Nabatean graffiti. Wadi Rum (5)

August 28, 2015

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Wadi Rum. Jordan, April 2015.

Wadi Rum has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures–including the Nabateans–leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti.

Canyon. Wadi Rum (4)

August 26, 2015

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Wadi Rum. Jordan, April 2015.

Wadi Rum (3)

August 24, 2015

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Wadi Rum. Jordan, April 2015.

Rock bridges. Wadi Rum (2)

August 21, 2015

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In Wadi Rum in the desert of southern Jordan is this natural rock bridge.

It’s called Jabal Umm Fruth Rock Bridge.

Her is another natural rock bridge from Wadi Rum:

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Jordan, April 2015.

Desert drive. Wadi Rum (1)

August 15, 2015

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In Wadi Rum in the desert of southern Jordan we were driving 4WD Pickup Trucks.

Such a truck (see bottom left of the image) takes up very little space in the magnificent landscape……

Qasr al Kharana

August 15, 2015

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Qasr al Kharana. Jordan, April 2015.

The castle was built in the early Umayyad period.  “Castle” is a misnomer, as the building’s internal arrangement does not suggest a military use, probably it has been used as a meeting place and recreation residence for the Umayade caliphs.

Jerash

August 9, 2015

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Jerash – overview, seen from the north.

If you click on the photo you can see (from right): The South Theatre and Temple of Zeus, in the middle The South Gate (see second photo below) and to the left the columns of the oval  Forum and The Cardo Maximus (see third photo below)

Jerash was already inhabited 4-5000 years ago, but it was as a part of the Roman Empire that the town really got its days of glory. From this period (about 1500-2000 years ago) originate the great buildings, that can now be seen. In AD 749, a major earthquake destroyed much of Jerash and its surroundings, and the city was first rediscovered and excavated within the last hundred years.

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The South Gate

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The Cardo Maximus – the main street and commercial street of Roman Jerash.

(April 2015)