The Mount Nebo region, just southwest of the capital Amman is a set of rocky outcrops, the highest of which, known as Mount Syagha not only offers commanding and sweeping views of the Dead Sea, Israel and the Palestinian Territories beyond but is of particular religious significance. This 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 is unknown.

The incredible remnants of a 4th century monastery and The Moses Memorial Church, with a beautifully preserved roman-mosaic floors and stained glass wndows sit at the peak. Six tombs etched into the rocks lie below along with a host of sculptures, old and new dot the countryside including a cross-serpentine sculpture, symbolising a serpent and Christ’s crucifixion.

This is a highly recommend day trip from Amman or Madaba.

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