Amman

  • Site type: Historical – Cultural
  • Time to visit: 1-2 Hours

Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom. It is the area's political, cultural and commercial center and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Known also as the ancient city of Philadelphia, Amman is now one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

In the commercial heart of the city, ultra-modern buildings, hotels, smart restaurants, art galleries and boutiques rub shoulders comfortably with traditional coffee shops and tiny artisans' workshops. Everywhere there is evidence of the city's much older past.

The Citadel of Amman is a good place to begin a tour of the archaeological sites of the city. It is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon and excavations there have revealed numerous Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic remains. Located on a hill, it’s provides stunning views of the entire area.

The restored Roman Theatre dates back to the 2nd century AD. Built into three sides of the hillside, it seats around 6000 people and is still used for performances today. The highest section of seats in a theatre was (and still is) called "The Gods". Although far from the stage, even there the sightlines are excellent, and the actors could be clearly heard, owing to the steepness of the cave.

Jordan Museum:
Presenting the history and cultural heritage of Jordan in a series of beautifully designed galleries, The Jordan Museum serves as a comprehensive national center for learning and knowledge that reflects Jordan’s history and culture, and presents in an engaging yet educational way the Kingdom’s historic, antique and heritage property as part of the ongoing story of Jordan’s past, present, and future.