A Guide to Driving to Mount Nebo: Jordan's Historic Christian Holy Site

Mount Nebo is a mountain pass at an elevation of 680m (2,230ft) above the sea level, located in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Locally known as Siyagha, Mount Nebo is the highest point in this region of the ancient kingdom of Moab.

Mount Nebo

Can I drive to the summit of Mount Nebo?

With its deep historical roots, religious significance, and breathtaking views, a trip to Mount Nebo is more than just a scenic drive; it's a journey through time and faith. The scenic winding road to reach the summit, one of Jordan’s most important Christian holy sites, is fully paved. Starting from Madaba, an ancient town in southwest of the capital Amman, the road to the summit is 9.4 km (5.84 miles) long. Plan about 20 minutes to complete the drive. The peak forms part of a range of mountains running along the western border of Jordan.

Is Mount Nebo worth it?

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. Set high in the Abarim mountain range and not too far from the Dead Sea, the drive is definitely worth it. 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 typically visible from the summit, as is Jerusalem on exceptionally clear days. Visitors can also see an olive tree that Pope John Paul II planted during his visit in 2000. Mt Nebo is where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land, a land he was himself forbidden to enter. It's believed that he died aged 120 and was later buried in the area, although the exact location of the burial site is the subject of conjecture.
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