This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved. Meet Aqaba, Jordan’s window to the Red Sea. You will visit many essential sights on this half-day excursion, all from the comfort of your air-conditioned motor coach.
Approximate Duration4 hours
As Jordan’s only seaport, this resort city enjoys a traditional way of life. In contrast to its desert neighbors to the north and east, Aqaba is a coastal home to first-rate restaurants, hotels and shopping. As is the case with so many ancient cities in this region, Aqaba’s reins have been handled by many cultures over time, all leaving their mark in one way or another.
Fourth Century Roman Church
During the Byzantine period, a great deal of construction took place throughout Jordan. All of the major cities of the Roman era continued to flourish as the regional population grew. As Christianity expanded across this region in the fourth century, churches began to sprout up across Jordan.
From this growing Christian scene came one of the most exciting discoveries in recent times, where archaeologists in Aqaba have unearthed what they believe to be the world’s oldest church, from the late 3rd Century AD. It is slightly older than the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, both of which date back to the 4th Century. It has since been back-filled with earth for protection.
Aqaba church, a mud-brick building with traces of “dipinto” that could have represented a procession of figures, would be slightly more ancient than any of the known public meeting church buildings. It is also unique because of it subsequent history.
Prior to returning to your Crystal ship, enjoy a shopping spree at the City Center Market, where you will have about an hour to browse and barter for the tempting wares.
It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.