Nabataean Temple of Khirbet Tannur
The Nabataean Temple was built on the top of the mountain overlooking Wadi Hasa. The temple, built between the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD, consists of a gateway, a paved court, an inner shrine and triclinia for ritual banquette. The façade relief of this temple representing Atargatis, the goddess of fertility, is on display at the Jordan Museum in Amman.
Note: This site is on top of a mountain which is around 700 m high, and the way to the site is very steep. It is recommended to explore it with an experienced guide, and to avoid rainy days or the days after rain. Trekking shoes is also required.
GPS: 30°58’07.2”N, 35°42’23.6”E
Nabataean site of Khirbet edh- Dharih
Located in the area of Wadi al-Liban along the King’s Highway, this settlement flourished between the 1st century BC to the 4th century AD, mainly during the Nabataean period. The site contains Nabataean temples which were later converted into churches, inns, houses with oil press and cemeteries. The elegant relief of the temple façade with the decoration of Zodiac symbol is on display at the Jordan Museum in Amman. This site was used as caravan stop traveling the King’s Highway as well as religious sanctuary.
Note: The way to this site from the main road (King’s Highway) is accessible only by 4WD car. We recommend visiting it with a local guide. There is a risk of flash floods of Wadi al-Liban, especially in rainy seasons, where you will need to pass to reach the site. Please avoid visit in rainy season.
GPS: 30°54’27.1”N 35°42’10.2”E
Hot Spring in Hamamat Afra and Hamamat Barbita
These two sites are hot springs that are hidden in a remote place along the deep valley of Wadi Afra and Wadi Barbite, Enjoy a relaxing time in the outdoor bath of the hot spring water along the valley. Byzantine monks once settled in the caves of Afra and this is evident by the decorations of crosses in the caves.
The road to Hamamat Afra is a mountainous road. Careful driving is required.
Opening Hours: Hamamat Afra: 8:00-22:00
Entrance fees of Hamamat Afra:7 JD
GPS (Hamamat Afra) 30°58’07.3”N
Tafileh Castle and Historical Town
The history of Tafileh goes back to the time of the Edomite Kingdom in the Iron Age, and Tafileh was called “Tophel” in history. The castle of Tafileh, located on a strategic area in the western part of the city, was believed to have been originally built during the Edomite period for defensive purpose, and reused under the Crusader, the Mamluk and the Ottoman rule. Behind the modern town, historical landscape of Tafileh’s old town overlooking the Jordan Valley is still kept partially. Tourism sites inside Tafileh:
Tafileh Castle, Old heritage architecture
Tel (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities) 962- (0)3-2242635
GPS Castle 30°50’22.1”N 35°36’09.7”E (30.839474,35.602693)
Edomite Castle in Sela
Sela is the castle of the Edomite Kingdom, which is built on sandy plateau sheltered by a deep valley and rocks. It has one entrance, through a narrow stairway carved into a rock. There are many cisterns to keep water, and many caves used for storing food. King Amaziah of Judah attacked the Edomite, captured “Sela” and killed 10,000 Edomites in the 8th Century BC. You don’t want to miss relaxing on the cliff of Sela’s castle, depicted the Babylonian King Nabonidus in the 6th century BC.
Note: The Archaeological sites of Sela are located on a mountain. An experienced guide is required to explore the site.
GPS: The point to see Babylonian relief: 30°46’54.1”N
35°34’41.0”E (30.781694, 35.578056)
Castle 30°46’55.5”N 35°34’26.2”E (30.782083,35.573944)
Relief view point Castle
Heritage Village of Sela
Located in a beautiful area overlooking the valleys and trees with fruits and olives, Sela represents the typical Jordanian traditional village landscape with heritage architecture built with stones and mud. It is seen as one of the most important heritage villages, and is nearly 300 years old. You can obtain more information and rest at the visitor center in the gateway of the village.
GPS:Visitor Center 30°46’14.3”N 35°34’59.0”E (30.770651,35.583050)
Sela Village 30°46’17.0”N 35°34’59.7”E (30.771379,35.583252)
Visitor Center Sela Village
Al-Matan Eco Village
The village of Al-Matan sits on the edge of a rocky outcrops opposite Buseirah, and facing Dana. The name of Al-Matan reflects the importance of the village for trading in Nabataena times, as it lays midway between the Sila castle and the way to Petra along King’s Highway. You can arrange tours with guides in this village in order to walk trails in the wild nature.
Tel: 962-(0)77-7549285 /962-(0)79-9435546
GPS: 30°45’55.0”N 35°35’37.9”E (30.765275,35.593873)
Tomb of the venerable companion Al-Harith bin Umayr Al-Azdi
Al-Harith bin Umayr Al-Azdi (MGBPWH) was sent to the ruler of Busra in Syria to carry a message inviting him to adopt Islam. When Al-Harith (MGBPWH) arrived in Tafileh, Shurahbil bin Amr Al-Ghassani the governor of Mutah captured him and beheaded him. This act was one of the causes that led to the Muslim military campaign and the famous battle of Mutah.
GPS: 30°44’21.4”N 35°37’42.2”E (30.739271,35.628377)
Edomite Capital of Buseirah (Bozrah)
Buseirah (ancient Bozrah) was the capital of the Edomite Kingdom during the Iron Age. From the 8th century till the 2nd and 3rd century BC, this site was inhabited. Later, during the Nabataen and Roman period, this site was used for agriculture. The Edomite city of Buseirah consists of acropolis and lower town surrounded by the town’s wall. The traditional village with stone-built houses is also still kept today.
GPS: 30°44’40.8”N 35°36’16.1”E (30.744655,35.604468)
Dana Biosphere Reserve and Heritage Village/Rumana Camp
Dana Biosphere Reserve is an area of staggering beauty, history, and biodiversity. It is the only reserve in Jordan that encompasses the four different bio-geographical zones of the country (Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian and Sudanian), it is a melting pot of species from Europe, Africa and Asia. Such a combination of natural communities in a single area is unique in Jordan and many of Dana Biosphere Reserve’s animals and plants are very rare. So far, a total of 800 plant species and 449 animal species have been recorded in the Reserve, of which 25 are known to be endangered, including the Sand Cat, the Syrian Wolf, the Lesser Kestrel and the Spiny Tailed Lizard. Dana visitor center has a small museum explaining the ecosystem of the Dana valley. There is a small exhibition in the visitor center explaining eco system and natural history of the Dana area.
Opening Hours: Exhibition in Visitor center: 8:00-15:00
Entrance fees of Dana Biosphere Reserve:6 JD (Non Jordanian)
Tel (Dana reseve/ RSCN) 962- (0) 3-2270497
GPS:Dana Village 30°40’30.9”N 35°36’37.2”E (30.675241,35.610337)
Dana Visitor Center 30°40’27.6”N 35°36’31.0”E
Rummana Campsite 30°41’14.9”N 35°34’22.0”E
Ancient settlement of Gharandal
Located in the center of the Gharandal village, this site was a settlement for the Hellenistic, the Roman and the Byzantine. It is also known as “Aridela”. The excavation revealed the Roman walls and the Byzantine church with geometric mosaics, as well as Islamic period settlement.
Location: In the center of Gharandal village
GPS: 30°42’55.2”N 35°39’16.1”E (30.715322,35.654460)
Ancient settlement of Al-Rashadiyyah
This site was first inhabited during the Iron Age, and inhabited in the Nabataean, the Byzantine and the Islamic period. This site contains a Byzantine church (dating 513 AD), tombs, towers, olive presses and wells. There are also traditional heritage stone buildings around the site.
GPS: 30°42’01.4”N 35°37’47.0”E (30.700390, 35.629730)