The ancient Moabite capital of Kir-Hareshet sits below the massive Crusader castle of Kerak – the most important castle in Palestine in the period. Masada is directly across the Dead Sea from Kir (we looked at it as we had breakfast). In terms of archaeological remains from the Moabite city – there aren’t any visible. But geographically this site like Bozrah and Rabbah is very impressive, unlike the Judean capital of Jerusalem. It is surround on three sides by deep wadis – not as impressive as Bozrah, but still very well situated. As far as direct Biblical connection Kir’s destruction is spoken of in 2 Kings 16:9 and is prophesied against in Isaiah 15; 22:6; Amos 1:5; 9:7.
Looking out of the top of Kerak Castle (on top of ancient Kir-Hareshet of Moab) to the Dead Sea and Masada.
The wadi Arnon is a deep canyon that more or less acts as the northern border of Moab (although Mesha’s capital of Dibon was on the northern side of the Arnon). It is directly across from En Gedi across the Dead Sea. It is very deep and very rugged and was a major obstacle to the Transjordanian highway (known as the “King’s Highway”) .
Medeba – specifically the Medeba map is the oldest map in existence (Byzantine period). The eastern oriented map is a primary source for grasping the people’s understanding of the land that they lived in.
Jerusalem of the 6th century A.D. on the Medeba Map - notice the straight street going north-south (the cardo) this street is still visible in Jerusalem today in the Jewish QuarterMt. Nebo – this is the traditional place where Moses looked into the Promised Land and then died (Deut. 34). From this vantage point it is impossible to see all of the things that Moses saw (I think God gave him supernatural eyesight), however, from the top of Mt. Nebo you can see a lot. You can see both watershed ridges, the Jordan Rift Valley, the Hills of Judah, Ephraim, and Manasseh, the wilderness of Judah, the rise of the mountains of Galilee (on a clearer day – I was told), and of course the Dead Sea.