Mount Nebo

Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo
   
one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and the place where Moses was buried. A small Byzantine church was built there by early Christians, which has been expanded into a vast complex. During his visit to Jordan in 2000, the Late Pope John Paul II held a sermon here that was attended by some 20,000 faithful.
In the fourth century, early Christians turned the old building on the highest part of the Siyagha mountain into a church to commemorate Prophet Moses' resting place and made pilgrimages to it from Jerusalem. 
 
The first church was later expanded into the present basilica where a collection of Byzantine mosaics is exhibited as well. 
 
The site became custody of the Franciscan order in 1932 who excavated the church and put Mount Nebo on the religious tourist maps. 
 
For the past several years midnight Christmas mass in both English and Arabic has been held at the site.
This sculpture, which has become a symbol for Mount Nebo, is a modern replica of the of the Biblical brazen serpent. 
 
During the Exodus journey God sent plague to kill the rebellious Israelites. 
 
God also instructed Moses to erect a bronze serpent on a pole to stop the plague. All who looked up at the raised serpent survived the plague. 
 
Thus the curative serpent around a pole became the symbol of the pharmacies.
If you stand on the viewing platform erected for Pope John Paul II you can enjoy the panoramic sceene that Moses saw more than 3000 years ago. 
 
And if you are lucky and the weather is clear you are able to see the Dead Sea and several cities on the West Bank of Jordan River. 
 
At sunrise even the streets can be visible. By sunset, you can also enjoy an amazing view as the sun sinks behind the mountains of Jerusalem.