Studium Theologicum Salesianum
Salesian Pontifical University : Faculty of Theology - Jerusalem Campus
  The Trip to Jordan (18-22 April, 2012)  
Before departing, Fr Joan Vernet exhorts all the students and staffs to go with an open heart nay with the receptive mind. With this thought in mind and full of glee we journey to Jordan, ready to widen our thirsty mind. Jordan is a small country with a population of over 6 million. Its population is concentrated along the Jordan River and around the city of Amman. Jordan is one of the peaceful countries in the Middle East. The country is ruled by a King (monarchy) and its economy is depending mostly from tourism and mining of phosphates and potash.


We begin our visit from the North of the country down to South. The places we covered are Pella, Jerash, Amman, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Ash Shu-bak, Ummar –Vasas, Mukawer, Petra, Aqaba and the site of the baptism of Jesus.


Pella is located in the North. It’s the old Christian city. The Christians migrated to Pella before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The ruins of the Churches and Christians houses are still preserved. However, the archaeological excavations process is still at the initial stage.


Jerash is also known as Antioch on the Golden River. Jerash is known for the ruins of the Greco-Roman city. Sometimes it called the Pompeii of the Middle East, albeit it was never buried by a volcano. Jerash is perhaps the most well preserved Greco-Roman in the world. The large number of striking monument’s such as the columns, the hippodrome, the two temples of Zeus and Artemis, the two theatres, the church, the long colonnaded street or cardo, the Hadrian Arch and the Oval Pizza are well preserved and maintained. 


Amman is the capital of Jordan with a population of 2 million and half. Amman has galore sites that fascinated tourists. Many antiquities structures are still well look after by the government. The Roman theatres of Amman, the citadel, the temple of Hercules, the Museum are some of the sites that captured our minds.


It’s the holy mountain for the Christians and the Jews. The mountain is revered as it’s the burial site of Moses. The Holy Land was shown to Moses by God himself on this very mountain. Moses saw the great valley of Jordan, the Dead Sea and the whole of Promised Land from Mt Nebo. Since centuries, pilgrims flocked to this mountain to attain peace of mind and heart.


Petra is the capital of the Nabateans, Aramaic-speaking Semites and the centre of their caravan trade. It is situated between the Red Sea and Dead Sea. Hidden amid the dramatic rock formations of Wadi Musa in Jordan, lies the ancient Nabataean city of Petra. Its magnificent facades were carved out of the red-hued rock more than 2,000 years ago. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and in 2007 was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Petra has much to offer its visitors and is a must-see for anyone interested in history, archaeology, nature or culture. This includes a spectacular landscape, fascinating history, scenic hiking trails and amazing archaeological relics. We often experience in life that tentative knowledge can attenuate our minds in the long process of acquiring knowledge. Narrow mindedness can be always inimical to modern world. Our visit to Jordan had deepened our knowledge regarding the country’s geography, Biblical history, archaeology and most of our opinion on the country. We can confidently say that the myriad problems regarding the country overview is enhanced if not solved. We are grateful to all those who make this trip successful and enriching one.


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