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The largest city and the capital of Jordan, Amman is packed with people and more modernized than what most travellers would have believed it to be. While it may not be a cultural centre like Cairo or Damascus, it does offer a lot of interest to travellers. It is well organized, has friendly locals and pleasant weather.
At first glance, Amman may seem to be difficult to explore and get to know. However, when you dig deeper you will find many jewels like the Roman Amphitheatre, the Jordan Museum and several art galleries. Dine in some of the most highly rated restaurants in Middle East, while away time at a chic café or explore one of the many shopping malls, there is much to do.
The tourism in Amman is focused mostly around the historic downtown area. The district is home to the King Hussein Mosque and the vibrant old souk that tourists tend to remember most from their trip to the city. Over the years the downtown area has undergone drastic changes but it has managed to retain much of its old charm and character. Jabal Amman is reminiscent of this old Amman. This is where the largest souks, the best museums, cultural sites, monuments and ancient constructions can be all found.
Amman's Citadel hill is where the Temple of Hercules is located. Dating back to the Byzantine and Roman times, it is an important religious and military site.
While it may be modernized and westernized, at its heart, Amman is still the sleepy village it had once been.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Citadel Hill
|What is it? From its position on top of a hill
overlooking the city, the Citadel stands testament to the history
of Amman, with its ancient ruins and excavated relics, alongside
those from throughout the country, housed in the Jordan
Archaeological Museum. It is the site of the ancient capital
Rabbath-Ammon and numerous excavations have revealed Stone Age
remains as well as those from the Roman to the Islamic periods. The
site contains several structures including the impressive Omayyad
Palace (al-Qasr), a small Byzantine basilica and what was once the
Temple of Hercules, the Great Temple of Ammam. Also on the site is
the Jordan Archaeological Museum, which has an excellent collection
of artefacts from Jordan dating back to the earliest settlement in
the region over 700,000 years ago. The Dead Sea Scrolls, Iron Age
sarcophagi and a copy of the Mesha Stele are its most important
Hours of Operation: Museum: Daily 9am to 5pm (winter), 9am to 7pm
(summer); Friday and holidays 10am to 6pm
Phone:(0)6 463 8795 (museum)
|2. Roman Theatre
Quraysh Street, Downtown
|What is it? Below the Citadel is the magnificent Roman
amphitheatre, an impressive relic from ancient Philadelphia that is
cut into the hill and can seat up to 6,000 people. The theatre is
still used occasionally for events today. Two cultural museums form
part of the complex: the Jordan Folklore Museum, which has exhibits
on traditional life, and the Museum of Popular Traditions with
traditional costumes and mosaics from 4th to 6th century Jordan
Hours of Operation: Jordan Folklore Museum: daily 9am to 5pm; Fridays
10am to 4pm. Museum of Popular Traditions: 9am to 5pm; closed
||What is it? Situated about 31 miles (50km) north of Amman
is one of the top attractions in Jordan, the ancient city of
Jerash, which is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman
sites in the world. Its exceptional state of preservation is due to
the fact that it was buried in sand for centuries and the
magnificent baths, theatres, temples, arches, columns and stone
chariot-rutted streets have long attracted scholars and tourists
from across the world to admire the most complete city in the Roman
Decapolis. Excavations dating to the Neolithic Age have indicated
that Jerash was continuously occupied for more than 6,500 years.
Today visitors can marvel as the ancient amphitheatre comes to life
at the annual Jerash festival of Culture and Arts in July, where
artists from around the globe sing, dance, act and play music on
stage in a celebration of Jordanian and international
Hours of Operation: Daily 7am until dark. From July to October a sound
and light show takes place every evening
Phone:(0)2 635 1014 (Visitor's Centre)
holidays - Top Events
|1. Amman Dead Sea Ultra Marathon
|What is it? One of the most gruelling races on earth
takes the brave from Amman, some 900 metres above sea level, to the
Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. The shade-less tarmac provides
the surface and only the fittest dare attempt it due to the
scorching climate. The race is on behalf of the Society for the
Care of Neurological Patients headed by HRH Prince Firas Bin Raad,
in aid of increasing awareness of neurological diseases and
Where is it? Amman to the Dead Sea