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Jordan Islamic Sites


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Jordan Islamic Sites 

THE BLESSED TREE

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CAVE OF SEVEN SLEEPERS

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LOT’S CAVE

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SHRINE OF THE VELNERABLE COMPANION BILAL BIN RABAH

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TOMB OF PROPHET SHUAYB

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Arabic Sweets


 

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ARABIC SWEETS

Enjoy our post introducing the popular and delicious Middle Eastern sweets.

 

Aish Al Saraya

A known Lebanese dessert made with French bread slices, milk, cream, sugar, flour, and ground pistachios. This dessert is often drizzled with sweet syrup and served with cream on top.

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Baklava

A rich, sweet pastry made of layers filled with nuts and sweetened with honey.

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Barazek

Is made of sesame seeds, honey, semolina with chopped pistachios and baked until golden in color. If you want it to be crunchy you need to make them thinner.

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Basbousa/Hareesa/Semolina Cake

A traditional Middle Eastern sweet cake is made of cooked semolina or farina soaked in syrup. Other ingredients are coconut (optional), flour, thick yogurt, butter, vanilla, milk (optional), almonds. The syrup is made of water, sugar, lemon juice and may optionally contain orange or rose water.

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Feteer/Arabic Pie

Is a layered pastry with different variety of toppings from clotted cream to salty white cheese, icing sugar or a mix of molasses and Tahini.

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Halawet Al Jibun

A Lebanese dessert made of cheese dough, cream and rose jam.

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Halawet Al Riz

Similar to Halawet El Jibn, is another Arabic sweet with cheese, called Halawet El Riz. It’s made of grained rice with starch, sugar, mozzarella cheese or unsalted white cheese, cream, rose water and grounded pistachios for garnishing.

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Halva

Is a sweet based confection from the Middle East. This dessert is either flour based or nut-butter based.

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Knafeh

Is a cheese pastry with semolina bits baked on top soaked in sweet sugar based syrup.

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Layali Lubnan/Lebanese Nights

Is an amazingly aromatic dessert that is quite refreshing during summer time, it is made of semolina with caramel syrup and pistachio nuts as toppings.

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Loukoumades/Lokma

Similar to Zeinab’s Finger, is made of deeply fried dough served with sweet syrup.

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Maamoul/Date Cookies

Is a date filled cookies, they may be in the shape of balls or flattened with pistachios or walnuts. They are particularly used on religious festive such as during Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha (for Muslims), before lent, on Easter and feast of Epiphany (for Christians), Purim, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah (for Jewish).

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Muhallabia

Is a classic dessert made of rice pudding perfumed with rose water or orange, flavored with spices and garnished with nuts.  

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Qatayef

Qatayef or Arabic pancakes, is filled with sweet cheese and nuts and then fried.

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Rice Pudding/Roz Bel Haleeb

Is made of a mixture of rice and milk, sweetened with sugar as an addition, can be topped with nuts and garnished with cinnamon. Rice pudding is associated with good nutrition and good digestion, often recommended to people of all ages for stomach illness. Variations of this dish include eating it with an ice cream.

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Shashbarak

A pastry filled with minced meat, lentil, cooked in a jameed.

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Umm Ali

A traditional dessert from Egypt made of pastry, cream, nuts, dried fruits and is sometimes topped with raisins, powdered sugar and coconut flakes.

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Zainab’s Fingers 

Is made of deeply fried dough and are eaten with honey, powdered sugar or sweet syrup. It is said that Zainab fingers is date back 100 years ago when a woman called Zainab made this dessert.

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Znoud Al Seet

Crispy on the outside, it is filled with a thick clotted cream filling and then fried until golden brown crispy then dipped in sugar syrup with orange blossom water.

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Jordan Holy Sites for Christian Pilgrimage


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Jordan Holy Sites for Christian Pilgrimage

Jordan is home to several religious sites and monuments attracting many Christian Pilgrims.

To give you an idea of the places we’ve listed the most popular biblical sites located in Jordan.

 

Mount Nebo the place where Prophet Moses after 40 years in the desert view the promised land before he died. The mount is 800 meters above sea level became a place of pilgrimage for early Christians and on the highest point of the mountain, Syagha, the remains of a Byzantine church and monastery were discovered in 1933 by the Franciscan Archaeological Institute.

Mount Nebo Tours

 

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St. George Church located in the town of Madaba which is famous for its Byzantine and Umayyad Mosaics. On the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church you’ll see the 6th century mosaic map of Palestine.

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Shrine of the Beheading of St. John Baptist also located in Madaba is an early 20th century Roman Catholic Church belonging to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Located downstairs of the church is the Acropolis Museum. You’ll also see here an ancient well dating to the Moabite era (3000 years ago) and is still operational.

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Mukawir/Machaerus an hour drive from Madaba along the King’s Way, you find at the hilltop stronghold of Herod the Great, King of Judea. His son Herod Antipas inherited the fortress. He ordered here the beheading of John the Baptist after Salome’s fateful dance.

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Bethany Beyond Jordan on the east bank of the Jordan River is the place where John the Baptist lived and baptized Jesus. You’ll also see here a golden-roofed church, the remains of Byzantine churches and baptism pools.

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Pillar of Lot’s Wife and the Cave of Lot driving along the Dead Sea Road you’ll see a salt formation known as “Lot’s Wife as a Pillar of Salt”. The story of Lot’s wife begins in Genesis 19, after two angels arrive in Sodom and urge Lot to get his family and flee, and not look back. Lot’s wife looked back making her into a pillar of salt.

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Dead Sea according to Biblical tradition was the site of the infamous cities Sodom and Gomorrah. A visit to this area gives you a chance to experience the well-known “floating effect”.

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Amazing Day Tour to the north of Jordan from Amman


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 Amazing Day Tour to the north of Jordan from Amman

Do not miss the chance to explore the interesting tourist site in northern Jordan. Embark on a full day tour to visit Umm Qais, Ajloun Castle and Jerash. It might look like covering the three sites is too much, long and tiring for 1 day, yes its tiring but totally worth it and it’s doable.

 

From Amman we drive for about 2 hours to Umm Quais located in the northwest of the country, near the borders of Israel and Syria. Here you enjoy the views overlooking the Sea of Tiberias, Golan Heights and Yarmouk River. The Umm Quais or also called Gadara belonged to the famous Decapolis, a union of 10 cities, founded by Alexander the Great.

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From here we continue to the town Ajloun which name is theory to be connected with the Moabite King Eglon mentioned in the Bible. Here we visit a great 12th century Islamic castle built around 1184/85 by the famous Islamic leader Salah al-Din. The castle is believed to controlled traffic along the road connecting Damascus and Egypt.

Ajloun-Castle

Before we continue our exciting tour let’s take a break to enjoy a delicious lunch for dining options & suggestions check our blog: Having Lunch in Jordan.

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We drive for about 45 minutes to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. Here you visit the spectacular forum, Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis.

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After spending the day we drive back to Amman for about an hour with lots of pleasant memory that last forever.

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