Mount Nebo is approximately an hour drive away from Amman. Because of its connection to Moses, Mount Nebo has long been an important place of Christian pilgrimage.
An elevated ridge in Jordan at approximately 2,680 feet above sea level, Mount Nebo was mentioned in the BIble as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land (Canaan).
The picture below shows a structure protecting the excavated remains of Mount Nebo’s church.
Here is another breathtaking view of the Jordan Valley from Mount Nebo.
If you can take a closer look at the picture below, the dark patch towards my right arm is actually the Dead Sea.
The Serpentine Cross sculpture on top of Mount Nebo was created by Italian Artist Giovanni Fantoni to commemorate the bronze serpent created by Moses in the wilderness and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
It is really a spectacular view on the top of this mountain. To be standing at the site where Moses viewed the Promised Land is absolutely daunting.
Moses climbed Mound Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land. Then the Lord said to him ” This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over it.” Moses, the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him , in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but in this day on no one knows where his grave is. – Deuteronomy 34:1-6
Mount Nebo is actually 12 km (8 miles) from the Jordan River, 24 km (15 miles) from the city of Jericho, 25 km from the Dead Sea (Jordan’s side), and 50 km (30 miles) from Jerusalem.
After visiting Mount Nebo, our bus took us down the hill (on the way to Jericho), and I managed to take a picture of the livestock running wild.
I must say this has been quite a spiritual and thought-provoking experience for me. If you happen to have a chance to visit Jordan, please remember to check out Mount Nebo and you will experience the Bible-live-mode moment.