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Mt. Nebo – Where Moses Saw the Promised Land

If I had to re-apply in a Catholic school in Toronto, I’d include in my resume that I’ve been to Mt. Nebo – where Moses saw the Promised Land and died. Perhaps, they’d consider my application, in lieu of a letter from my parish priest that I go to mass every Sunday (no, I don’t) and listen to the gospel of the The Bible?

Mt. Nebo Amman Jordan

The real fame of Mt. Nebo is derived from the Book of Deuteronomy 34, describing Prophet Moses climbing this mountain at the end of his life. God showed him the Promised Land but was warned not to go there.

Moses died at 120 years old. God buried him in Moab, but to this day, no one knows where his grave is. It could be in one of these hills. Or maybe the one where I was standing. Or the ones behind me.

Mt. Nebo - Where Moses Saw The Promised Land

These hills and mountains, though dried up and barren, are living witnesses of the stories of the Biblical Times.

Mt. Nebo - Where Moses Saw the Promised Land

Here is a cave where Moses struck a rock and water came out. Until today, the spring is still producing water. (Can you see that in this pic below?) 

Mt. Nebo - Where Moses Saw The Promised Land

There are three different versions of where Moses exactly struck a rock and a spring came forth. Petra (means rock) is also called Wadi Musa (means Valley of Moses) also claims that Moses did it there. The other one is in Israel, I think. (I wasn’t listening to our guide. Hehehehehehe…)

Today, the mountain is a Christian pilgrimage, a memorial to Moses.

Mt. Nebo - Where Moses Saw The Promised Land

While there are skeptics about the exact location of where God showed Moses the Promised Land, many experts believe, based on the evidences and distances, that this IS the site where Moses once walked, stood, listened and talked to God.

Mt. Nebo - Where Moses Saw The Promised Land

The viewpoint terrace.

Standing from the viewpoint terrace (above pic), you’ll read the following directions and coordinates:

Mt. Nebo - Where Moses Saw The Promised Land

When we went there, it was already sunset and a bit foggy. So, all we could see of the Promised land was this:

Mt. Nebo - Where Moses Saw The Promised Land

Mount Nebo – Where Moses saw the promised land.

Here, also lies a giant cross in a style of a serpent based on Jesus’ words in John 3, “As Moses lifted up the serpent, so must the Son of Man be lifted up.”

Mt. Nebo - Where Moses Saw The Promised Land

Though there is a construction going on the site, visitors can still view the remnants of the floor mosaics from the ancient Moses Memorial Church. A temporary tent/shelter on the mountain is set up for visitors to see those relics. Like this. 

Mt. Nebo - Where Moses Saw The Promised Land

Or this. 

Mount Nebo Moses

Mount Nebo – Where Moses saw the promised land.

Or this very, very detailed piece of mosaic.

Mount Nebo Moses

Mount Nebo in Jordan.

Outside the tent, you’ll see this huge real Abu Badd, a rolling stone used as a fortified door of a Byzantine monastery.

Mount Nebo Moses

Mount Nebo – Where Moses saw the promised land.

Ten-minute drive from Mt. Nebo is Madaba (which means green water), a town where 40% of the residents are Christians, the biggest in Jordan. Unlike other places in Jordan where names were changed in different times/periods, Madaba has always been called as such throughout its history.

St. George Church in Madaba, Jordan.

St. George Church in Madaba, Jordan.

At St. George Church, a Byzantine church, an earliest map of Jerusalem and other important biblical places lies on a floor before the altar. It’s hands off to visitors.

St. George Church in Madaba Jordan

St. George Church in Madaba, Jordan.

St. George Church in Madaba, Jordan.

St. George Church in Madaba, Jordan.

St. George Church in Madaba, Jordan.

St. George Church in Madaba, Jordan.

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How to get there: 

There are buses from Amman to Madaba. And from Madaba, take a taxi to Mt. Nebo. That should cost you less than 10JD, including waiting time.

How much? 

Also, from Amman, a hotel can arrange a transport for you –with other sites included for 9 hours. It will take you to Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Dead Sea and Baptism Site. A car will cost you around 70JD and 100JD for a mini-van. Add 5JD for every hour beyond 9 hours.

Prices varies from one hotel to another.

Organized Tour

If you are into an excellent organized tour that will give you enough time to explore the places you wanna visit, check EXPLORE WORLDWIDE.

Also, check the following links for the places we’ve been to with LAWRENCE’s ARABIA TOUR in Jordan.

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6 Responses to “Mt. Nebo – Where Moses Saw the Promised Land”

  1. gerry shanahan
    January 8, 2014 at 6:21 AM #

    Hi Alain,

    Great to see your photos of Mt Nebo and read your comments, you must have been listening some of the time! Brings it all back.

    Hope you’re surviving the extreme weather back in Canada. Cold and damp here in Dublin but with sporadic and very welcome bouts of sunshine.

    All the best

    Gerry

    • TheSojourner
      January 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM #

      We have polar vortex here.
      Freezing. Brrr….. :))
      Colder than North Pole.
      Good to know you’ve got sunshine in there!
      And, no, I wasn’t listening to everything Mo said.
      I went to a Catholic High School, that’s why. :))

  2. The Catholic
    January 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM #

    Was there long time ago. The fence wasn’t there yet. 🙂

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