Grandad’s WWII Diary – Photos of the Jordan River & Jericho day trip

In my Grandad’s war diary, he wrote on Wednesday January 27 of his day trip to the Dead Sea, Jordan River and Jericho –

… After lunch continued on to the River Jordan where Israelites forded the river and is also where Christ was baptised.  Visited three monasteries – Greek, Abyssinian & Syriac(?) then to Jericho – has three sites – the old around 3500 years – after centuries little is left.  The Roman Jericho & finally modern Jericho – Elisha’s Well.  Back to Jerusalem leaving for home again at 6.30PM.  Had supper half-way home returning to camp at 10.15PM.

These photos were likely taken (or purchased) on that day.  The wording on the photos is what was written on the back of them.

The Dead Sea photos were in a previous post.

Allenby Bridge Spanning River Jordan - Palestine
Allenby Bridge Spanning River Jordan – Palestine
Arab Soldier of the Jordan Valley - Palestine
Arab Soldier of the Jordan Valley – Palestine
Elisha's Fountain - Last well of the city of Old Jericho - Jordan Valley - Palestine
Elisha’s Fountain – Last well of the city of Old Jericho – Jordan Valley – Palestine
General view of modern Jericho - Jordan Valley - Palestine
General view of modern Jericho – Jordan Valley – Palestine
House build on sticks on shore of Jordan River - Palestine
House build on sticks on shore of Jordan River – Palestine
Jericho in Jordan Valley - Palestine
Jericho in Jordan Valley – Palestine
Launch on the Dead Sea, showing barren hills in background - Jordan Valley - Palestine
Launch on the Dead Sea, showing barren hills in background – Jordan Valley – Palestine
Looking across Dead Sea towards Northern Shore - Jordan Valley - Palestine
Looking across Dead Sea towards Northern Shore – Jordan Valley – Palestine
Mount of Temptation where Christ feasted for Forty Days after being baptised.  Note caves surrounding convent which since have been made by hermits - Jordan Valley - Palestine
Mount of Temptation where Christ feasted for Forty Days after being baptised. Note caves surrounding convent which since have been made by hermits – Jordan Valley – Palestine
River Jordan - Believed to be where Christ was baptised and also the port where Israelites forded the river before taking Jericho
River Jordan – Believed to be where Christ was baptised and also the port where Israelites forded the river before taking Jericho
St George's Convent - Situated on side of Mount of Temptation - Jordan Valley - Palestine
St George’s Convent – Situated on side of Mount of Temptation – Jordan Valley – Palestine
View of Jordan River where Christ was baptised - Palestine
View of Jordan River where Christ was baptised – Palestine

13 comments

  1. When I look at these photographs, I wonder how many of the buildings were electrified, had running water and how they disposed of waste. I also wonder about the cycle of their day, their week.

  2. Today Jordan and Palestine are two countries …..in your grandpa”s photo they were one….
    now Jordan is a modern country ,,,,no wars……
    Palestine is a different story ….
    Please tell us in which year exactly these photos were taken?
    nice photos..
    thank you…

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