Churches, Museums and Dolmens in the north

Painted Church in Husn

We had heard that there was a painted church in the village of Husn, near Irbid, that had been painted by a Dutch artist and was worth seeing. So we dutifully added the church to our list of places to visit in the north.

The church itself was closed, and so we asked in the adjoining school and they very kindly let us in to see the paintings. The church is located here.

The outside view of the church
The outside view of the church

DSCF4733 DSCF4737 Yarmouk University Museums

The university’s museums are open to the public, but they are only open during standard working hours and not at weekends, which makes visiting them a bit tricky but its worth it when you get there.

The Museum of Jordanian Heritage is one of the most informative and best laid out museums in Jordan, even though it looks at little unimpressive from the outside.

Yarmouk University archaeological museum
There are also beautiful artifacts and dolmens in the garden to look at
Ain Ghazal statues at the Archaeological Museum in Yarmouk University
Ain Ghazal statues

The Natural History Museum is both really interesting and really depressing at the same time. While its valuable to be able to see all these species of birds and animals in one place, it seems wrong when they are so poorly looked after.  A small warning – many of the display cases are open, so the smell can be a little unwelcoming.

This must be the work of the man who stuffed the cats on Noah’s Ark in ‘the museum’ Madaba


Juffain Dolmen

Dolmens are being bulldozed with alarming speed all over the country, so it was nice to see that this one was still standing.  Its one of a number of dolmens in this forest (GPS point here), but its the only one still upright.

Other than dolmens disappearing, the forest is also being systematically destroyed for firewood and in this very small area we saw a huge number of trees that have been recently chopped down.

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We are keeping our fingers crossed that this dolmen and the trees around it will still be standing when we come back to visit.


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