Our seventh day

Many of our group decided to take the ancient way in to visit the ruins at Petra…..via beasts of burden!! Today we visit the ancient city of Petra. The excavations here of the Nabatean peoples date from the 2nd century b.c. to the 4th century a.d. The pictures cannot do this wondrous place justice! What one needs to understand when looking at these pictures is that all of these cut rock formations are burial sites. We traveled over two miles on foot before we reached the most magnificent tomb, which is called the Treasury. That three story carved pink rock … Continue reading Our seventh day

More of day six

These icons are made of tiny mosaic pieces of ceramic that have been made in Madaba for centuries. The city of Madaba is known as a source of the beautiful ancient art form of mosaics. We visited a shop where these unique pieces are made. It is quite fascinating and time intensive! Next, we drove to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Madaba to see some of the beautiful mosaic iconography as well as a sixth century A.D. mosaic map of the Holyland which was uncovered on this site. The pictures below are of an icon that was … Continue reading More of day six

The sixth day

Today we are on the road to Jordan. After crossing the border we drive up to Mt. Nebo, about ten miles east of the northern tip of the Dead Sea. This is the spot where God showed Moses the promised land of Canaan, but also told him that he would not live to take possession of the land (Numbers 20:6-12). We know that Moses lived out his 120 years of life somewhere on this 2700 ft. tall mountain. Franciscan monks have guarded the area for many years and have erected a church and monastery on this site which has been … Continue reading The sixth day