A road trip to Jordan’s Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo is a mountain pass at an elevation of 680m (2,230ft) above the sea level, located in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Known locally as Siyagha, Mount Nebo is the highest point in this part of the ancient kingdom of Moab.
The scenic winding road to reach the pass is paved. Starting from Madaba, an ancient town in southwest of the capital Amman, the road to the summit is 9.4 km long. The peak forms part of a range of mountains running along the western border of Jordan. The summit hosts a small museum, a gift shop and the Memorial Church of Moses. It was mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land that he would never enter.
The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! From the top of Mount Nebo you have an expansive view of the surrounding area. The view from the summit provides a panorama of the Holy Land and, to the north, a more limited one of the valley of the River Jordan. The West Bank city of Jericho is usually visible from the summit, as is Jerusalem on a very clear day. Visitors can also see an olive tree planted by Pope John Paul II on his visit in 2000.
Pic: Jamie Pezone