Jericho

Jericho Travel Blog

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Camels outside of Jericho
We stopped in Jericho on the way back toward Allenby Bridge.  Jericho may not be the most beautiful place on Earth, but the history there is simply staggering - it is probably the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world, having been founded around 8,000 BCE.  Driving into the city, it's easy to understand why this was the case - Jericho is the epitome of an oasis.  Lush palm trees and vegitation rise up seemingly out of nowhere to form this city in the middle of the desert.  The hills of Jericho provide fantastic views into Jordan, as well as of a large portion of the West Bank.

What impressed me most were the archaeological dig sites - you can walk right up to them and see millennia-old city walls.  My US-bred mind simply can't wrap itself around something so old, and yet so tangible.  This isn't simply a song about Joshua fighting a battle, these are real artifacts from thousands and thousands of years ago that are incredibly accessible!

Jericho is also one of the last stops before the Allenby Bridge.  My advice for you, if you're going to try to brave this border crossing back into Jordan: stop off in Jericho, enjoy the history and the scenery, and stock up on provisions.  You're in for a long, long wait ahead.
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Camels outside of Jericho
Camels outside of Jericho
Camels outside of Jericho
Camels outside of Jericho
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Monastery on a hillside in Jericho
Monastery on a hillside in Jericho
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