Tony with friend Hebatalah at Rumi Cafe in the Jabal Al Weibdeh area of central Amman.
Madaba, central Jordan
23rd October 2017
Tony under a sun shelter at Mount Nebo. Mount Nebo is believed to be the site where Moses saw the Holy Land and according to Christian tradition is buried. It stands on an elevated ridge approximately 817 metres above sea level. The site provides a panorama of the Holy Land with Jerusalem visible on a very clear day.
Tony on a viewing platform with the Brazen Serpent sculpture standing along side. The sculpture symbolises the bronze serpent taken by Moses into the desert and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
Tony in front of the Madaba Map, a 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land, located inside the 19th-century Greek Orthodox St George Church. Originally the map was made up of around two million tiles, roughly one-third of it survives today. It includes the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem. The present building stands on the remains on a early Christian Byzantine church.
Jerash was formerly the Roman city of Gerasa. Today the well-preserved remains of the ancient city stand alongside the modern town. Jerash is located 30 miles (48 km) north of Jordan’s capital Amman.
Tony visited Jerash on 24th October 2017. Photos taken by Faris, a Syrian guy living in Amman.
Tony with Brent Folan and a friend of Faris’s at the Arch of Hadrian. Brent later interviewed Tony for the InspireMore blog. Brent is from Texas, USA. Brent and Tony met in a hostel in Wadi Musa (Petra), southern Jordan and travelled together to Amman and went onto Jerash with Brent’s couch surfer, Faris.
Looking through the central arch. Hadrian’s Arch is an 11-metre high triple-arched gateway erected to honour the visit of Roman Emperor Hadrian to the city (then called Gerasa) in the winter of 129–130 AD. Tony is standing with Faris and Brent.
Tony and Brent next to a stone wall incorporating a number of doorways. These were entrances to shops in the east wall of the hippodrome. The wall runs alongside the road north of Hadrian’s Arch towards the centre of ancient city.
Tony next to an information board. A passageway into the hippodrome is just visible to the right. The Hippodrome was once used for chariot races and other sports. It is 244 metres long and once had seating for 15,000 spectators.
A view along the Cardo, which is the ancient city’s colonnaded central street. It runs straight for 600 metres (660 yards) in a north-east direction from the Forum. A complex drainage system lies below the stone paving.
Tony in a doorway at the side of the Propylaeum at the Temple of Artemis. The Propylaeum is a massive monumental gateway, which was dedicated in 150 AD. It is at the bottom of steps leading up to the temple itself.