Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Makram Al Queisi on Thursday, September 14, 2023 received Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso. During the meeting, Queisi went over the tourism relations that link the Kingdom with the Vatican and the importance of developing them, especially with regards to Christian religious tourism.
Queisi explored the ministry’s plans for this endeavor, including linking the five Vatican-approved sites, which are located on the Christian pilgrimage trail--the Baptism Site, Mukawir, Mount Nebo, Mar Elias and the Church of Our Lady of the Mountain--noting that the first part of a 16-kilometre path between the Baptism Site and the Mount Nebo site has been completed.
Plans are under way to connect Mount Nebo to Mukawir, in addition to rehabilitating the castle and the Byzantine church in the heritage village. Dal Toso voiced his pride in Jordan's example of common living, noting that the Vatican will fully cooperate with the ministry to highlight Jordan's role and the importance of Christian pilgrimage to Jordan.