The City of Amman
Amman, the modern and ancient Jordan’s capital located in a hilly area between arid desert and the richly fertile Jordan Valley, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the World. The city is rich for its biblical mention and plethora of historical attractions dating to Stone Age.
It is one of those cities where simply wandering around soaking up the atmosphere is an enormous part of the pleasure, Amman also offers several intriguing attractions to experience within easy reach of each other.
Most noteworthy historical sites are clustered in the downtown area, which sits at the bottom of four of Amman's seven hills, or jabals, each of which more or less defines a neighborhood.
Start in downtown Amman, known as the Balad and the oldest part of the city. Wander the multitude of souks or traditional markets, shopping for bargains and savoring delicious local cuisine.
Modern architecture, upmarket hotels and restaurants, boutiques and art galleries lie comfortably side by side with workshops of local artisans, traditional markets and coffee shops, Amman that makes it so very fascinating and intriguing.
Not far from the center of downtown Amman is Rainbow Street, a public space in the historic area of Jabal Amman, which became a heritage attraction point in 2006.
Running east from the First Circle to Mango Street, Rainbow Street is home to landmark buildings and historical Jordanian sites like the al-Mufti House and the home of King Talal.
Visit one of the most magnificent architectural structures in Jordan - the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque, which also hosts the Hashemite History Museum.
The Royal Automobile Museum is a tribute to the passion for automobiles owned by the late King Hussein of Jordan. A treat for auto enthusiasts and the simply curious, the collection of this pioneering automotive enthusiast includes a replica of the first car ever commercially built, manufactured by Karl Benz, the father of Mercedes-Benz in 1886, by placing an engine in a special frame.
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Located downhill from the Citadel and five minutes walk from downtown, the Roman Theatre built during the reign of Antonius Pius (138-161 CE) is the most obvious and impressive site of ancient Philadelphia.
The Roman Theatre is cut into the northern side of a hill that once served as a necropolis-or graveyard.
It is very similar in design to the amphitheatre at Jerash, and can accommodate upto 6,000 people.
Nowadays the theatre is still used for sporting and cultural events.
The Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions and the Jordan Folklore Museum are located in the Roman Theatre, offering an excellent introduction to Jordanian and Palestinian folk heritage.
The ancient Citadel, which towers above the city from atop Jabal al-Qala'a, is a good place to begin a tour of the city. It is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon, and excavations here have revealed numerous Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic remains.
The most impressive building of the Citadel, known simply as al-Qasr ("the Palace"), dates back to the Islamic Umayyad period. Its exact function is unclear, but it includes a monumental gateway, an audience hall and four vaulted chambers.
A colonnaded street runs through the complex and to the north and northeast are the ruins of Umayyad palace grounds. The Citadel is also the site of Jordan Archaeological Museum, containing a collection of artifacts from the Citadel and other Jordanian historic sites.
Close to al-Qasr lie the remains of a small Byzantine Basilica. Corinthian columns mark the church site, thought to date from the sixth or seventh century CE.
About 100 meters south of the church is what is thought to have been a temple of Hercules.
It is today also known as the Great Temple of Amman, built during the reign of the emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 CE).
JORDAN ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM
The museum is located just northwest of the Temple of Hercules, and open daily.
This small museum houses an excellent collection of antiquities ranging from prehistoric times to the 15th century. There is an exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a copy of the Mesha Stele and four rare Iron Age sarcophagi.
Located close to Amman, and nestled in a quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead, Jerash is one of the largest and most well preserved Roman sites outside of Italy and a treat for all lovers of history, culture and archaeology.
To this day, its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates remain in exceptional condition.
Petra Treasury, the "rose-red city" and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, situated between the Red Sea and Dead Sea, is without doubt is Jordan's greatest tourist attraction.
It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans around 6th century BC, who turned it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
Petra is accessed via a sandstone canyon known as the Siq, which is about 2km long. The canyon is an impressive sight in its own right with unusual sandstone patterns and tremenous colours along the walls.
Come with your favorite novel to Amman and spend a day floating on the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is 75 kilometres long and from 6 to 16 kilometres wide, fed by the Jordan River, without outlet and famous geographically as "the lowest point on earth," at some 400 meters below sea level.
As its name suggests, the Dead Sea is entirely devoid of plant and animal life.
This is due to an extremely high content of salt and other minerals-350 grams of salt per kilogram of water, as compared to about 40 grams in the world's oceans.
All the minerals and salts are locked in the mud, world famous for its therapeutic & medicinal properties. The Dead Sea & the Spas are perfect place for leisure, wellness and a truly unique experience. Do also visit the hot springs at Hammamat Ma'in to enjoy the hyper thermal mineral rich waterfalls.
JORDAN EARTH CAM
To view Jordan's tourist attractions from a new perspective please see a few examples from EarthCam. Click here to view the Jordan EarthCam page.
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