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Amman – The capital of Jordan

Amman – The capital of Jordan

The ancient and modern capital of Jordan, originally built on seven hills and from the top of the citadel, one of the highest hills; you can have a splendid view of the old city.
Places and Sites to visit:
Downtown (Soq), The Citadel, Roman Theater, Archeological, Folklore Museums, King Abdullah Mosque, Royal Automobile Museum, Iraq El Amir, Abu Darwish Mosque, National Museums

Amman is a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan valley.
The Citadel is a good place to begin a tour of the archaeological sites of the city, it’s the site of the ancient Rabbath – Ammon and excavations there have revealed numerous Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic remains (which includes The Umayyad Palace, The Temple of Hercules and The Byzantine Church). The restored Roman Theatre, which dates back to the 2nd century AD, is built into three sides of the hillside and seats approximately 6000 people. It’s still used for performances today. The Roman Forum, a public square bordered by the theatre and the Odeon, which was amongst the largest of the Empire (100×50 meters). The row of columns in front of the theatre is what remains of the colonnades which once flanked it. The Nymphaeum, roman cities always contained ornamental gardens and public fountains. The Grand Husseini Mosque, just a short walk away, is decorated in pink and white stone. It was built by Emir Abdullah on 1924. Also to see: Jordan Archaeological Museum, Jordan Folklore Museum, Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Haya Centre, Martyr’s Memorial and Military Museum, The Royal Automobile Museum.

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