70 years ago, on May 25th, 1946 the “Hashemite Kingdom of the Jordan” was founded after gaining its independence from Great Britain as part of the Treaty Of London. The territory had been under British supervision since 1918’s Arab Revolt, in which the Hashemite Army was able to wrestle control of the land from the Ottoman Turks, who had controlled what is now present day Jordan for over 400 years.
After centuries under foreign governments, the independent country started to find itself. Its culture began to blossom and as travel became easier over the years, tourism became a large part of the nation’s economy, resulting in over 8 million visitors in 2010. Tourists see no shortage of historical landmarks, as Jordan is home to 100,000 archaeological and tourist sites, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
I have been fortunate enough to visit Jordan twice in the last three years, having led photography workshops in the country for The Giving Lens. The country stole my heart. The people, the history, the Wadi Rum desert, Petra, the tasty shisha…I could go on and on about how Jordan should be on every photographer’s bucket list. I even show you how you could visit only the Wadi Rum desert and get enough incredible photographs to fill a portfolio.
But instead of rambling on about why you should be planning your trip to Jordan, with the help of Resource Travel Staff Writer Sébastien Beun, we put together 40 of our favorite photos from our adventures in Jordan. If this doesn’t convince you to visit Jordan before her 71st birthday, we don’t know what will.
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Start planning your trip by visiting the Jordan Tourism Board and My Jordan Journey.