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A Tribute to King Hussein

This article was originally dedicated to King Hussein, who passed away on Sunday February 7th, 1999.

Jordan Travel Notes.

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was recognised as a sovereign independent state on March 22nd, 1946; when the British government relinquished its mandate over Transjordan.

The trans prefix was droped in the 1950's after King Abdullah formally merged all of Arab-held Palestine with Transjordan, despite strong opposition from other Arab League members, and granted citizenship to West Bank residents.

In 1974, after the Yom Kippur War, Jordan relinquished any claim to the Israeli-occupied West Bank by recognizing the Palestine Liberation Organization as the sole representative of the Palestinian people.

The Jordanian royal family claims direct descent from Hashim, the grandfather of the prophet Muhammad, and thus the term Hashemite Kingdom.

The King's Office:
Learn more about the Hashemite kingdom from King Hussein’s domain. King Hussein’s eldest son, Abdullah succeeds him.


There are many Roman ruins in the city, from the era when Amman was known as Philadelphia; after the 3rd century BC Egyptian king Ptolemy Philadelphus, who captured the biblical Ammonite city of Rabbah Ammon.

Amman became an important Turkish base during World War I; until the British captured it in September 1918.

The capital of Jordan is easily accesible from Jerusalem, across the Friendship Bridge.

Visiting Petra

Crossing the border from Israel is no longer a problem, and travellers to Jordan would most certainly want to visit Petra, in the southwest of the country.

Many travellers now cross the border between Eilat and Al 'Aqabah, and make their way up to Petra from their base on the Gulf of Aqaba.

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Petra - � Michel, Travel Notes

The Ancient City of Petra:
Carved into the pinkish rock some 2,000 years ago and referred to as Sela in the bible, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean kingdom and an important trading centre between the 4th century BC and the 2nd century AD; until Palmyra took away most of its trade.

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Petra - � Michel, Travel Notes

By Michel.

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