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Published on : Friday, May 6, 2016
Jordan’s religious tourism has recorded an increase with the number of visitors to the shrines and tombs of Prophet Mohammad’s companions in the Southern Mazar District, 140 kilometers south of Amman, climbing to 7,554 in April.
The religious significance of the Southern Mazar sites dates back to 629 AD when the leaders of the Muslim army, Jaffar Bin Abi Taleb, Zeid Bin Haretha and Abdullah Bin Rawaha, were killed in the Mutah battle against the Byzantines.
The tombs and shrines are located some 150km south of Amman.
The Supervisor of the Shrines, Osama Al Tarawneh, Tuesday told Petra that a total of 2,023 visitors were from Islamic countries, 487 from Arab states and 5,044 were from Jordan.