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September 1995

Mt Nebo, Jordan


     Close to the village of Faysaliyah is Mount Nebo. Mount Nebo's highest crest reaches an altitude of 800 meters. All the year round several streams flow down the sides of the mountains.  Mount Nebo is the mountain where Moses was allowed to see the Holy Land just before he died. Nowadays the mountain is a memorial site where the "Church of Moses", was built by the first Christians; Inside there are original floor mosaics, while in the grounds stands the symbolic Serpentine Cross which is seen in the background of a photo below. Ever since the first days of Christianity this mountain has been a holy place and a destination for pilgrimage. The current basilica was built in the 6th century over the ruins of the 4th century ruins (some of it is still from the 4th century though).  There is said though to be an older Mosaic, perhaps dating to 531 AD; it's Greek in origin and depicts animals, farmers and hunters surrounded by geometric decoration.

     Nebo provides a bird's-eye view of the Holy Land and southern Jordan. If you look to the south, the panoramic view spreads over the Dead Sea and the Desert of Judah. To the west, it includes the Valley of the Jordan with the mountains of Judea and Samaria.

     On very clear days you could see Bethlehem and not far from there, the cone that was Herod's fortress, as well as the towers and buildings of Jerusalem. You can also see the West Bank city of Jericho.


Left to right: 1) Church of Moses 2) A side of Church of Moses 3) Serpentine Cross and view into the Holy Land


Sites you might like to visit:

Bible Places

Sacred Destinations Travel Guide


Visit Jordan


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