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Jericho, the most ancient city in the world.
Jericho is situated 825 feet below sea level and is located on the west side of teh Jordan River, approximately 25 minutes east of Jerusalem. It is very near the area where the Israelites crossed the Jordan, and it is here where one encounters their first destination, the rich oasis of Jericho, also known as the oldest city in the world. The main road detours the city and passes the entrance to the Jordan border crossing closest to Jerusalem, known as the Allenby Bridge after the British General Edmund Allenby. General Allenby, on December 11, 1917, was the first Christian to come into the holy city of Jerusalem after 400 years of Ottoman rule, when he led the British to their defeat of the Turks.
Many interesting sites await the visit in the Jericho area including the Greek Orthodox monastery of Dir Hijleh, Wadi Qelt, the St. Georges Monastary, Hisham's Palace and teh ancient city of Jericho with its spectacular archaeological excavations. The new baptismal site at Qasr Al Yehud is well worth a visit. The Old Testament site of Tell es-Sultan is just beyond the city.
Jericho is known as the "City of Palms" and is located just a few minutes from the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth. Other nearby places to visit include Qumran and Ein Fashka Nature Reserve.
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