Jordan Valley

Sites to visit:

  • Wadi Qelt: is considered to be the Valley of the Shadow of Death and the main road that connects Jerusalem with Jericho. Tradition says that the parents of Mary dwelled there praying for a child. St. George Monastery in Wadi Qelt is a good example of the monastic life in the Judean wilderness. It was established in the 6th century
  • Nabi Mosa: an Islamic shrine built by Salah El Dein. It is regarded by Muslims to be the place where Prophet Moses was buried.
  • Jericho: the lowest, oldest city and the largest oasis in the world, this ancient city was occupied by several civilizations and was occupied by Joshua, son of Nun. (Josh 2:12)
  • Ein al Sultan (Elisha Spring): the main water spring in Jericho that converted Jericho into an oasis (2kings 1:19)
  • Hisham’s Palace: incredible Umayyad Palace built by Hisham Bin Abed El Malek in the 8th Century AD.
  • Sycamore Tree: the traditional tree that Zaccheus climbed to see Jesus (Luke19:4)
  • Qasser El Yahud: the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus
  • Dead Sea: the lowest point on Earth. Its salty water and mud are considered great treatments for skin diseases. It is also a fun place to experience floating in its unique salty water.
  • Qumran: the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found by a shepherd in 1947
  • Ein Gedi: an oasis to the south of the Dead Sea. It is the site where the confrontation between Saul and David took place (1 Samuel 12-24:1)
  • Masada: a natural fortress that was fortified by Herod the Great. It was used as a shelter for his family during his trip to Rome. Later, the zealots took shelter there after the first Jewish revolt. The fortress was under siege by the Romans for several Months until the Zealots finally chose mass suicide rather than be taken as prisoners. (1 Samuel 13, 14)
  • Biet Shean : the second most important city in the old days, due to its location. It was mentioned in the Bible as the place where the Philistines hung the bodies of Saul and his children on its walls. Later, it was occupied by the Greeks and Romans and became one of the largest Greek- Roman cities of its time. (Joshua 12-17:11; Judges 1; 28-12:7 Samuel 13-31:6)

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