Ready to learn a few fun facts about Jordan?
Whether you’re thinking of visiting Jordan sometime soon or just curious to understand more about this Middle Eastern country, this article is for you.
Here’s our roundup of the most interesting Jordan facts:
1. Jordan is a small country located in the part of Western Asia known as the Middle East. It has borders with Saudi Arabia, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and Israel. Jordan’s official name is the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Hashemites are Jordan’s royal family, coming from the House of Hashim.
2. Amman is the capital of Jordan and its largest city. With more than 4 million people calling Amman home, it makes up almost 40% of the entire country’s population (10.6 million as of 2020). Also due to its large size, it is the largest city in the entire Levant region and the 5th largest city in the Arab world.
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3. Jordan is the location where many films were shot. Due to its unique landscapes, Jordan has had a number of movies filmed within its borders, including The Hurt Locker, Aladdin, The Martian, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
4. Petra is a historical city with architecture cut into the rocks. As Jordan’s most-visited travel destination, Petra attracts people from all around the world with its massive buildings which are somewhat carved into the rock and also built architecturally.
5. Jordan has 5 places on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Of these 5 inscribed onto the list, 4 of them are cultural and 1 of them is both cultural and natural in nature. The 5 sites are:
- Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) (cultural)
- Petra (cultural)
- Quseir Amra (cultural)
- Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa’a) (cultural)
- Wadi Rum Protected Area (cultural and natural)
6. The shores of the Dead Sea is the lowest point on dry land anywhere on Earth. The Jordan fact gets shared with Palestine and Israel, as they also have borders on the Dead Sea. There, the land is 1,419 ft (432.65 m) below sea level. And it’s only getting lower, as water recedes at about 3 ft (1 m) per year.
Well, that’s all our Jordan facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about Jordan we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!