Mount Nebo

Overview

Mount Nebo is an elevated ridge of the Abarim in Jordan, approximately 710 meters (2,330 ft) above sea level. Jordan Tour

It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. Jordan Tour

The view from the summit provides a panorama of the land and, to the north, a more limited one of the valley of the River Jordan.

The West Bank city of Jericho is usually visible from the summit, as is Jerusalem on a very clear day. Jordan Tour

Religious significance

According to the final chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses ascended Mount Nebo to view

the Land of Canaan, which God had said he would not enter; he died in Moab

According to Christian tradition, Moses was buried on the mountain,

although his place of burial is not specified

Some Islamic traditions also stated the same

although there is a grave of Moses located at Maqam El-Nabi Musa,

11 km (6.8 mi) south of Jericho and 20 km (12 mi) east of Jerusalem in the Judean wilderness.

Scholars continue to dispute whether the mountain currently known as Nebo is the same as

the mountain referred to in Deuteronomy.

the prophet Jeremiah hid the tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant in a cave there.

things to do in Mt Nebo

1.Memorial Viewpoint

Moses’ view of the Promised Land towards ancient Gilead, Judah, Jericho

and the Negev is marked by an Italian-designed bronze memorial next to the Moses Memorial Church.

The ironwork, symbolizing the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross and the serpent that

‘Moses lifted up’ in the desert, stands in the middle of an invariably windy viewing platform.

Markers indicate notable points in the often-hazy distance, including the Golan Heights,

Jerusalem (just 46km away) and the Dead Sea.

2.Moses Memorial Church

On top of Mount Nebo, this modest church, or more accurately basilica, was built around 4th-century

foundations in 597 and has just undergone major reconstruction.

It houses some of the best (and best presented) mosaics in Jordan, dating from around 530.

The masterpiece is a hunting and herding scene interspersed with an assortment of African fauna,

including a zebu (humped ox), lions, tigers, bears, boars, zebras, an ostrich on a leash and a camel-shaped giraffe.

3.Church of SS Lot & Procopius

Originally built in 557, this church houses a remarkable mosaic with scenes of daily life

such as agricultural work, fishing, and winemaking (in particular the cutting and carrying of grapes).

The mosaics have recently been painstakingly restored after damage by rainwater. Look for the on-site caretaker

to unlock the door for you; a tip of JD1 is appropriate in return.

4.Moses’ Spring

This spring is one of two places where Moses is believed to have obtained water by striking a rock.

Six giant eucalyptus trees mark the spot, and there’s an occasional waterfall over the lip of the rocks if it’s been raining, so

but there’s little to see except the low-lying ruins of a couple of churches nearby.because

There’s no public transport to the site. Walking down from the main road is easy; coming back up is the killer. so

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