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Rough Guide to Jordan
Tour Jordan. Western travellers have been exploring the Middle
East for well over a century, but Jordan remains a newcomer
to tourism, welcoming only a fraction of the numbers who visit
its near neighbours. The country's popular image abroad encompasses
not much more than proud desert nomads ruled by a wise king,
and almost nothing is known of Jordan's mountains and beaches,
castles and ancient churches, the urbanity of its people and
richness of its culture. However, in the last decade the country
has woken up to marketing its spectacular assets to the world.
Tourist facilities are now well advanced, and for the curious
few, there is no better time to visit.
Petra, the 'rose-red city' carved out of the living rock of
the mountains of southern Jordan, is one of the most spectacular
survivals of the ancient world, its monuments rank with those
of classical Greece and Rome and its desert setting is unrivalled.
In this book, now republished in an updated edition, Jane Taylor
provides a superb portrait of the city for visitors (and for
armchair travellers) which also relates the history of the mysterious
Nabateans who built the city and the miles of water channels
which diverted the sparse local rainfall into its reservoirs.
She also describes what is known of the earlier inhabitants
of the area, from the Stone Age onwards, and the history of
Petra after the fall of the Nabatean kingdom in AD 106, when
it was ruled, successively, by the Roman and Byzantine empires,
the Islamic Caliphate and, briefly, the crusaders, each of whom
added their own contributions to its rich archaeological record.
So far as the West was concerned, the city was 'lost' with the
departure of the crusaders and was only 'rediscovered' in 1812
by the Swiss explorer, Burckhardt. There is a full description,
and many magnificent photographs, of the various buildings,
which can be seen by visitors today with an account of their
origins and uses and the latest archaeological findings. The
book is completed by a description of other archaeological sites.
Insight Guide (Insight Guides S.)
Tour Jordan. This 362-page guidebook to Jordan presents the
country's highlights in a comprehensive format, illustrated
with hundreds of full-colour photographs and 13 maps, and packed
with essential travel tips. The key features include: Places,
region-by-region gazetteer section, with top attractions highlighted
and cross-referenced with detailed local maps; Essay features,
incisive essays on the islands' history, people and culture,
from the changing lifestyle of the Bedouin to aristocratic Arabian
horses; Photo features, magazine-style full-colour features
on some of the country's most exotic sights, including the Nabataean
city of Petra and the pink canyons of Wadi Rum; and Travel Tips,
practical listings section, including accommodation, restaurants,
pubs, bars and cafes, entertainment, nightlife, transport and
essential contact addresses and numbers.
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