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List of World Heritage Sites in Jordan

List of World Heritage Sites in Jordan

UNESCO seeks to promote the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage throughout the world that are of great value to humanity.
These sites give the status of World Heritage, which recognizes the need to protect and preserve this heritage for future generations. The situation symbolizes the collective ownership and responsibility of this heritage, and, in addition,
, UNESCO provides ongoing support to the Department of Antiquities in the form of capacity-building and training in the management and protection of heritage sites.
There are five Jordanian sites included in the World Heritage List, namely Petra, Qusayr Amra, M. Umm al-Rasas, Wadi Rum, and al-Magtas have been signed and there are 16 other sites on the preliminary list.

UNESCO Amman works closely with the Department of Antiquities and several NGOs In order to ensure sustainable protection and effective management of World Heritage sites, it also provides support for the preparation of nomination files.

Ma'an Governorate / 1985


An archaeological and historical city famous for its rock-carved architecture and ancient water canal system. It was formerly called "commodities". It is also called the "Pink City" for its twisted rock colors, Jordan's Visiting Card. It is for this reason that a large part of UNESCO's efforts in the field of World Heritage are aimed at protecting this unique site. Petra is one of the most important cultural sites in the world. A risk map for Petra is currently being prepared and is the basis for an improved site management plan developed in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities and the Petra Antiquities Complex.

Zarqa Governorate / 1985

Qusayr 'Umrah

The palace was built during the reign of the Caliph Al-Walid bin Abdul Malik in the 8th century AD. The French Institute for the revitalization of the visitor center on this site and the development of interactive games to entertain young visitors.

Madaba Governorate / 2004

Um AL-Rasas

A historic city, dubbed "Kasserton Mayfaa" as described in a Greek text in a mosaic dating back to the Umayyad period.  It began as a Roman military camp and developed into a city in the Byzantine era and continued so until the early Islamic era.There are traces of sixteen churches, some of which still retain good mosaic floors.The hermit tower (a tower where the monks lived in isolation) Supported by the UNESCO World Heritage Fund.

Aqaba Governorate / 2011

Wadi Rum Nature Reserve

A tourist valley located in the area of ​​Hasma in southern Jordan, a desert area diverse landscapes consisting of a group of narrow corridors, natural arches, towering slopes, huge landslides and caves, the site also contains the inscriptions and archaeological remains dating back to 12,000 years of human existence and interaction with Natural environment, which is why it was inscribed on the World Heritage List as a mixed site of nature and culture. This site illustrates the development of pastoral, agricultural and urban activity in the region. UNESCO Amman is working with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority to manage this site. Thousands of rock carvings and thousands of inscriptions were found on the site.

Balqa Governorate / 2015


The Baptism (according to Christianity) is the place where Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. On the afternoon of 3 July 2015, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee approved the inclusion of this cultural site on the World Heritage List under the name of "Baptism Site" Bethany Across Jordan.