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December 20, 2013

Ancient sites, warm welcome await visitors in Jordan

Associated Press

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The Monastery in Jordan’s famed ancient city of Petra is a first century B.C. building that is not very frequently visited because of its particularly remote location.

AMMAN, Jordan — If you are keen on getting your Middle Eastern fix of ancient sites, sun, mint tea, and falafel, the Arab Spring may have challenged your travel plans. Although tourists have stayed largely safe in the Arab world in the past several years, the turmoil in Egypt, war in Syria and spill-over in Lebanon have kept some visitors away.

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