The Middle Eastern kingdom of Jordan may not be on many people’s bucket list of places to visit, but some have said it is an undiscovered gem if you’re interested in ancient history and traipsing through historical sites. Now you can see what you’ve been missing as Google Street View is offering you an unfettered virtual view of more than 30 historical sites. Whether you’re just curious about these places or you want to prepare for a planned visit, this offers you a window into the “beautiful Kingdom in the heart of the Middle East,” as per Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan herself.
Ancient civilizations have in one way or another, left their mark in Jordan, and it’s about time that people start exploring this country more. The Google Street View includes exploring the ancient Roman city of Jerash, the second most visited site in the country. It has one of the best preserved examples of Roman architecture, outside of Italy of course. You can virtually walk through its streets and the ruins, sing in the theaters and even send a message through the ancient whispering columns,
But probably the “crowning glory” of Jordan would be the Rose-Red city of Petra, which was the capital of the Nabatean kingdom before it was annexed by the Roman Empire. The city was carved by hand into the white and pink sandstone cliffs and hidden by mountain gorges. Now you can explore this archeological site through a narrated tour and imagine yourself in a quest to find the Holy Grail, just like in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which of course was filmed here.
There are lots of other places to explore through Google Street View, including a visit to the Dead Sea, a trip to Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites in the country, a medieval castle in the middle of the desert, and more places to discover.