Jordan: The Mysterious Hand Of Hercules

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Despite the surrounding neighbors in war, Jordan’s tourism is still blossoming. Except the Dead Sea and Petra, a famous archaeological site in Jordan’s southwestern desert, there are many great and interesting things to see and do in this Middle Eastern country.

One great example is the Temple of Hercules, a historical site in the Amman Citadel, located at the peak of a hillside, in the capital of Jordan. According to archaeologists, the temple was built between 162 and 166 AD in honor of Hercules, a semi-god from Roman mythology, a hero very well-known for his strength.

The construction of this fascinating temple was happening during the Roman occupation but unfortunately its building was stopped and has never been completed. Although the structure of the Temple of Hercules now lies in ruins, it is still the biggest temple ever found outside Rome itself.

But there is one mystical thing that survived though the centuries:

According to visitors, the most interesting sight in this ancient city’s oldest quadrant is a massive hand carved out of a marble stone.

Archaeologist unearthed 3 gigantic fingers, one elbow and scattering of coins which belonged to a 12 m (39 feet) tall Hercules statue that was probably destroyed in a disastrous earthquake.