Israel! Bet Shean, Jordan

After leaving the Ginosar, we passed more groves and saw where the Jordan River leaves the Dead Sea at the south.

and left the Golan Heights area

and arrived at the Bet Shean National Park.
Major excavations have been going on since 1986, which have uncovered only about 10% of the city.

The most impressive structure was the 7000 seat theater, with a row of ornate and richly decorated imported granite and marble columns

The ruins included the bathhouse

and public bathhouse toilets

“Palladius Street”, a long colonnaded street originally built during the Roman period.

This shows the original Roman road, with the renovate floor during the Byzantine period, 600 AD.

A circular concourse surrounded by porticoes served as the commercial center. It was referred to as the Sigma by an inscription.

One of the rooms included this mosaic medallion depicting Tyche , guardian goddess of the city.

Saudis ruled the area for 100 years, then 749 it was completely destroyed by earthquake, which buried the city.

possible temple site

This was a very large city, and I am amazed at what is being uncovered.
The pillars were impressive

Looking down “Silvanus Street”

This shows only a portion of the site, and a portion of the ongoing excavation

and more public toilets!

I think what impressed me the most is that it gave a view of the lifestyle and the beauty of the city, as well as the advanced workmanship of the era.

After leaving Bet Shean, we crossed the border to Jordan. Since our driver and guide were Israeli citizens, they could not cross with us. They dropped us off at the border and we walked across to Jordan. After going through customs, we met the new bus driver and our new guide.
Jordan is about the size of Indiana. Sunni-Muslem are the majority. They feel tribal rule is best, with monarchy over parliament. Their flag colors represent white for peace, red for the blood shed, black for the dark period, 7 verses of Koran and green, the color of heaven. Jordon is one of the top three mosic builders. Each color used is a different oxide or mineral. Navatine glass is most used and is very light. Queen Nor set up a foundation to encourage pruductivity of mosaic arts and there is no export tax.

The area was mostly farmland and rural.

and more camels

colorful trucks and

Bedouin tent homes.

We passed Mt. Nebo, where there is a memorial cross to prophet Musa (Moses), thought to be buried in this area.

We stopped for lunch, having a great Jordanian buffet meal

We stayed the night at the Petra Marriott, which was really very nice!

And another fantastic buffet at night,

and more food buffet for breakfast!

The guys were glad to get no kosher food at breakfast! This meant there was sausage and bacon!This

This panoramic picture from the hotel looks toward where the ruins are located,

and the village surrounding them.

The Jordanian people are known for their tile work, which was displayed around the hotel.

The next morning we headed for the famous treasury ruins….. and here is my first view!

More on the next blog!

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