Religion, pilgrim travel

Religion and pilgrimage in Jordan

Pilgrimage in Jordan

Religion

Do you know how many scenes from the Bible have happened in Jordan? How special if you go on pilgrimage for a day / few days through Jordan. Spirituality, a deeper connection with your faith, walking in the places from where you have heard / read so much, meaning, the connection between you and God.

Religious places in Jordan

Bethany, Jordan river, pilgrimage, baptism siteBethany

The place on the river Jordan where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. From the visitor's center you will be taken to the place by bus. There you walk a few hundred meters along the various excavations from the time of the arise of Christianity. A number of (sometimes renovated) ruins of churches and the original baptism place can be visited. The route leads you to the river Jordan where people are still being baptized. When Jesus was baptized the holy spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove, then Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. Also in Bethany is the Tell el-Kharrar, in Arabish well known as Mar Elias, the hill of Saint Elijah. From this hill, Elijah would have risen to heaven in a whirlwind in his chariot and horses of fire.

Um Qays

Gedara, the place of the wonder of the swine on the lake of Tiberias. To date, there is a cave near where it is said that Jesus spent a while there.

Pella

Some of the most important events in the lives of Isaac’s twin sons, Jacob and Esau, took place in ancient Jordan. 

Modern day Pella (ancient ‘Penuel’, meaning ‘the face of God’) was so named by Jacob after he wrestled there all night with God in the form of a man or angel (Genesis 32:24-30). A massive Bronze and Iron Age temple recently discovered at Pella, in the northern Jordan Valley, is thought to be the best-preserved temple from Old Testament times anywhere in the Holy Land.

Rihab

In the north of Jordan, near Mafraq, perhaps the oldest underground church was found in the world. Dated, 33-70 years AD. It is suggested that the 70 disciples of Christ came into this church in response to a found mosaic in the church that speaks of the "70 lovers of God and the prophets". Jesus and his mother Mary also regularly came to this environment.

Anjara

It is believed that Jesus Christ, his disciples, and the Virgin Mary, passed through Anjara once and rested in a cave there during a journey between the Sea of Galilee, the Decapolis cities, Bethany Beyond the Jordan and Jerusalem. The cave in Anjara has long been a holy place for pilgrims and has now been commemorated with a modern shrine, the Church of Our Lady of the Mountain. The cave was also designated by the Catholic Churches of the Middle East as one of the five pilgrimage sites for the year 2000.

Amman

Ammon in the Bible also called the kingdom of the Ammonites. The mountain where the Citadel is located and the area where there were hot springs is the old Ammon. This is the place where David sent Uriah the Hittite to the front lines of battle. The massive fortifications, where David, an ancestor of Jesus, brought about the death of Uriah, so that he could marry his widow Bathsheba, still stand.

As-Salt

The City of As-Salt, northwest of Jordan’s capital, Amman, houses the tomb/shrine of Job, the wealthy, righteous man from the Land of Uz.

As-Salt is also the location of the tomb/shrine of the prophet Jethro, who was the father-in-law of Moses. It is also the site of the tombs of Jad and Asher, who were both sons of Jacob.

Mount Nebo BasilicaMount Nebo

The mountain where Moses, after 40 years of wandering through the desert, finally saw the promised land of milk and honey. He was not allowed to lead his people into the promised land, that task was accomplished by the prophet Joshua. Moses probably died on this site. Mount Nebo has been popular among pilgrims for centuries, even the popes who have visited Jordan have been here. At this place you have a very nice view over the mountains of Moab, the Dead Sea and the promised land. The newly built basilica stands on the foundations of the old church and houses magnificent mosaics.

Madaba

Has been a Christian stronghold since the 19th century. Christians on the run found many churches on this site, most of which have now been restored for a visit. A proof that from the era the Christian faith has spread in Jordan. In all churches you will find mosaics, the most famous is the St. George church, a Byzantine church where a large part of the map of Palestine can be found with many Biblical place names that are written in Greek. You can quietly spend a day in Madaba to visit the different churches and see how Christians and Muslims peacefully live side by side. Near Madaba in Uyun Musa, Moses gave birth to twelve sources, one for each tribe.

Um Ar-Rasas

A rectangular walled city, about 30km southeast of Madaba, that is mentioned on both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. It was fortified by the Romans and local Christians were still embellishing it with Byzantine-style mosaics well over 100 years after the start of the Muslim Umayyad rule.

Just outside the city walls is the recently unearthed Church of Saint Stephen with its perfectly preserved outstanding mosaic floor, the largest of its kind to be discovered in Jordan and second only to the world famous mosaic map at Madaba.

The Kings Way

The Kings' Highway is the world’s oldest continuously used communication route. It linked ancient Bashan, Giliad and Ammon in the north with Moab, Edom, Paran and Midian in the south.

Abraham - a common patriarch of Jews, Christians, and Muslims - who passed through northern, central and southern Jordan, would certainly have used this route on his journey from Mesopotamia to Canaan. 

Moses asked the King of Edom if he and his people could "go along the Kings' Highway" during their journey to Canaan, but his request was refused. The Kings Highway is also mentioned in an earlier story in Genesis 14:5-8, in relation to the four Kings from the north, who attacked Soddom and Gomorrah and the three other Cities of the Plain.

Hamammat Ma'in

The baths are also known as the baths of Moses in the city of Livias.

Mukawir, Machaerus, Jordan PilgrimageMukawir, Machaerus

Was a palace of Herod Antipas. He was married to the beautiful wife of his brother who had a beautiful daughter, Salomé. One evening Herod was caught by the dance of Salomé and wanted to give her everything she would ask for. In consultation with her mother that became the head of John the Baptist ... Mukawir is the place where John the Baptist was imprisoned and decapitated. Near Amman, near Sahab is the cave of the sleepers of Ephesus who were condemned because they believed in one God. They have spent three hundred years there. The story is mentioned in the Bilble and in the Qur'an in the sura of the cave.

The Dead Sea

Where the story of Lot, takes place in Sodom and Gomorrah. Perhaps the remains of one of the two places are found in the mountains south-east of the Dead Sea where excavations are currently being made. A certain stop is at the Dead Sea where the wife of Lot looked back and turned into a salt pillar. It is better to have a look at the cave of Lot, the cousin of Abraham, in Ghor Safi south of the Dead Sea, where he fled with his daughters. You'll find the remains of a monastery and museum.

Petra

Yes, there you will also find 3 churches. After all, the Romans have adopted Christianity as a state religion. Beside many Roman and Nabatean buildings you can visit the churches in Petra. In the large church is a beautiful intact mosaic, the blue church is just above and the third is to be discovered with a little imagination. Petra, named Edom, as the capital of the land Edom south of Moab is also the place where Moses may have settled for a while during his exodus from Egypt to the promised land. In the adjacent village Wadi Musa (valley of Moses) you will find the source where Moses would have struck the mountain with his stick so that seven springs would spring up. The tomb of his brother Aaron can be seen from a distance on top of Mount Haroun, also called Mount Hor, the third highest mountain in Jordan. The tomb can be visited via a walk up the mountain.

Humeima, Byzantine churchHumeima

Popularly called Abessiya after the people of Abbesids. The first kings were born in Humeima to later reign from Baghdad. But there are 5 churches to be found, including a beautiful Byzantine church. It is a bit of searching between the Roman ruins. Humeima was built by the Nabataeans as a stopover on the caravan and pilgrim route between Petra and Aqaba. Probably later there was a Roman army unit. Besides the churches you can also find a Roman (sports) swimming pool and baths. An ingenious water system was created from the mountains of Ras A Naqab, about 35 km to the north. The largest church is used during Easter for a service by the Lung clinic in Ras A Naqab, an organization run and sponsored by Christians.

Midian or Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is a possible Exodus route from Moses from Egypt to the Holy land. Moses had killed an Egyptian and had to fly. He went to the land of Midian. The Midianites descend from the son Midian of Abraham and his second wife Ketura whom he married after Sara died. Moses became a shepherd, met Zippora, daughter of Jetro, and married her there. Moses returned to Egypt with his family because God had commanded him to demand the Israelites free. Only after ten plagues did the pharaoh let them go. The Midianites were exterminated by the Israelites by Gideon, a judge.

Aqaba

On the Red Sea, is Aqaba situated, her name was Ayla in times gone by. Among the luxury hotels there is suddenly the site of perhaps one of the oldest churches in the world built of mud stones. A strange place now but if you study the history of Aqaba it is not surprising that there were many Christians in the oasis. In Aqaba many Christians still live today, you will find beautiful churches among the mosques.

Abraham path

A walk from north to south Jordan over 2000 km. http://abrahampath.org/

In Kerak you can find the tomb of the Prophet Noah.

Near Salt is the tomb of the prophet Joshua. In Salt the tomb of Job.

King David was also in Jordan, his tomb can be found in Mazar Al-Shamali.

Salomon's tomb is near Kerak in Sarfah.

Pilgrimage in Jordan

Pilgrimage itinerary

Pilgrimage day 1:

Amman, Um Qais, Pella. Overnight in Madaba.

Pilgrimage populair day 2:

Madaba, visit to the St. George church and a second church in consultation. Mount Nebo. Bethany. Overnight in Madaba.

Pilgrimage day 3:

Mukawir / Machaerus, Dead Sea and Ma'in. Starting from Madaba, overnight in Madaba.

Pilgrimage day 4:

Cave of Lot, Petra. Starting from Madaba, overnight in Petra.

Pilgrimage day 5:

Humeima, Wadi Rum. Starting from Petra via the Kingsway, the old pilgrimage route, overnight stay in Wadi Rum.

Pilgrimage day 6:

Aqaba, overnight stay in Aqaba.

Pilgrim travel schedule

Choose from the above 6 days or follow the whole schedule to get to know Jordan through the biblical places. These 6 days can easily be formed to an 8-day trip.

Pilgrimage of your choice

Compose your own pilgrimage from the above places. In consultation we take care of your driver and overnight and see if your program is feasible.

Price

The price depends on the group size and the number of days. Contact us for more information.