10 Facts You May Not Know About Jordan
- The Dead Sea, bordered by Jordan to the East, is nearly ten times as salty as the ocean, which results in a buoyant experience for visitors who come to float. It is also the lowest point of elevation on earth: the shores around the Dead Sea are approximately 1500 feet below sea level.
- There are more than 100,000 archeological sites in Jordan. This number includes Petra, a site known for its unique architecture carved directly into the face of a rock formation. Petra is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
- Jordan is a popular location to film movies. Scenes from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, “The Martian,” “Red Planet,” and “Lawrence of Arabia” were all filmed in Jordan.
- The City of Amman is one of the oldest and consistently inhabited cities in the world. It was founded in 7250 BC—over 9000 years ago. Amman is, both, the capital and most populous city in Jordan.
- Unlike many of its neighbors in the Middle East, Jordan has no oil of its own.
- The black iris is Jordan’s national flower. The bloom is rare and only found in the Wadi Rum desert during a small period in the Spring.
- It’s possible to walk across the entire country of Jordan from north to south. There is a hiking path – the Jordan Train – that runs through the nation. The trail is 402 miles long and takes about 40 days to complete.
- If you are offered a meal in Jordan, it’s considered polite to refuse the offer three times before accepting. When dining with locals, it is also considered rude to eat or drink with your left hand.
- Jordan is primarily landlocked and only has 16 miles of coastline on the Red Sea. Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Syria all border Jordan.
- Jordan is home to the world's oldest dam. The Jawa Dam was built in 3000 BC and is in the Black Desert of eastern Jordan. The oldest statues in the world, the Ain Ghazal Statues, were found in Jordan and date back to 7500 BC.