Show me the way to the Promised Land, said Moses
Mt. Nebo is located on what seems to be an area north of the Dead Sea that sits high on a ridge and, according to the Bible, is the place where Moses was allowed to see the Promised Land he would never enter (after guiding his people out of Egypt for 40 years!).
Mt. Nebo overlooks the valley of the River Jordan and one can glimpse Jericho and Jerusalem to the west on a good day. The site was visited by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI at some point giving the site an added level of credibility if you will, as a site of religious importance.
It is also claimed Moses is buried there but there is no conclusive evidence (as conclusive as one may expect a few thousand years later…). Whether any of this interests you or not, the views of the valley below are certainly worth it.
There was a small temporary-looking exhibit at the site showing some of the beautiful mosaics of the remains of a church found in the first half of the 20th century on Mt. Nebo. It really makes you ponder the history of the place and the area and all the events it has witnessed over time.
The place is crowded with tourists of all ages and that takes away for sure from the importance of the place. Perhaps some construction during the time of my visit contributed to the small chaos, though there were moments when I was glad there was chaos and a crowd…
I was patient, though, and I was rewarded when the key spot where Moses stood cleared up for a good 5 minute and I was able to soak it all in better during that pause in the visitors.
Let ME show you the Promised Land
So, in case you have not been there, allow me show you the Promised Land!