IMPORTANT NOTE: This newspaper was made on the v1 of this website, when we wrote only and exclusively for the family, so it is not as complete as the rest. However, you will find much more information about Jordan in the travel guide to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan from 2009
Petra, current wonder of the world, was the place where the Nabateans took refuge escaping from the Seleucid kings. There the pink city was born and enjoyed relative independence, until the Romans annexed much of present-day Jordan to its empire, under the name of Stone Arabia and with Petra as capital. In the S.IV d.C. Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity took this one to the country.
The fight for Jerusalem and the crusades led to Jordan's control by Francs already in the seventh century. They were centuries of continuous change of hands of Jerusalem.
However, it would be the Ottoman Empire the one that would take control between the 16th and 19th centuries until the Arab-British alliance, with Lawrence of Arabia leading, will expel them during World War I, and with treason included, the country (called Transjordan) was managed by Britain, as we can see in this graph taken from the Wikipedia.
Was the May 25, 1946 when Jordan was constituted as Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and declared its independence. From there to the present we all know them, Palestinian-Israeli conflict included.
The history of the Middle East is incredible. It seems incredible that so many civilizations have passed through the same place. While I read all this, I just arrived at the newly opened Terminal 4 of Barajas, in Madrid. The truth is that it is quite impressive what they have mounted here.
All Iberia and One World planes leave from this terminal, so I have already left my checked bag and can eat something quiet.
The flight was practically sleeping, and I get to Amman already at night. There is a correspondent waiting to help us with visa procedures and to transfer us to the hotel. It's all very dark and it's too late. I can barely appreciate anything that I will find the next day.
Although I slept on the flight I am very tired, so after checking in and unpacking my suitcase a little, I fall asleep. I think today I will dream of Nabateans and Romans… Goodnight.
Isaac, from Amman (Jordan)