Top Choice Church in Madaba

St George’s Church & Mosaic Map

This rather modest 19th-century Greek Orthodox church houses a treasure of early Christianity. Imagine the excitement in 1884 when Christian builders came across the remnants of an old Byzantine church on their cons…
Top Choice Castle in Shobak Castle

Shobak Castle

Perched in a wild, remote landscape, Shobak Castle wins over even the most castle-weary, despite being less complete than its sister fortification at Karak. Formerly called Mons Realis (the Royal Mountain), it was b…
Top Choice Museum in Madaba

Shrine of the Beheading of John the Baptist (Latin Church)

This operational early-20th-century Roman Catholic Church has been transformed into an intriguing destination for visitors and pilgrims by the restoration of the ancient sites upon which the church sits. The gem of …
Top Choice Museum in Karak

Islamic Museum

Down the hill by the Mamluk ruins is the excellent Islamic Museum. In a semi-subterranean part of Karak Castle, with a vaulted ceiling, this evocatively lit collection houses some of the finds from the castle and ex…
Top Choice Castle in Mukawir (Machaerus)

Castle of Herod the Great

Machaerus is known locally as Qala’at al-Meshneq (Castle of the Gallows), a fitting name given that it is renowned as the place where John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod Antipas, the successor of Herod the Great.…
Top Choice Stables in Karak

Crusader Gallery & Crusader's Gate

The Crusader Gallery functioned as the stables of Karak Castle. Near the far end of the gallery, steps lead down to the Crusader’s Gate. Those entering the castle did so via a narrow winding passage, separated from …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Karak

Glacis & Upper Court

Beyond the parapet at Karak Castle is the glacis, the dizzyingly steep rocky slope that prevented invaders from climbing up to the castle and prisoners from climbing down. This is where Renauld de Châtillon delighte…
Top Choice Palace in Karak

Mamluk Palace and Mosque

Built for Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad in 1311, the open-air reception hall of this palace is a variation of the classic Islamic design of four iwans (chambers) off the main hall; there are barrel-vaulted rooms on two s…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Mt Nebo

Memorial Viewpoint

Moses' view of the Promised Land towards ancient Gilead, Judah, Jericho and the Negev is marked by an Italian-designed bronze memorial, next to the Moses Memorial Church. The ironwork, symbolising the suffering and …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Around Mt Nebo

Dolmen Field

There are about 40 dolmens scattered across this unmarked site, with at least 12 in good condition. There are thousands more scattered across Jordan, especially around ar-Rawdah.