Amman

  • With its vast boulevards flanked by splendid stone houses, its upmarket cars, flyovers and its downtown similar to American towns, the ?westernised' capital of the Hachemite kingdom is simply fascinating. Only the souk reminds you that you are in the Middle East. One out of three Jordanians lives in this sprawling city that is also host to numerous Palestinian refugees. The ancient Philadelphia has ...
    © Roland Brack / age fotostock
  • At the foot of the Al-Jawfa hill, Amman's amphitheatre was most likely built between 138 and 161 AD under the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius.
    © Roland Brack / age fotostock
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Jordan

With its vast boulevards flanked by splendid stone houses, its upmarket cars, flyovers and its downtown similar to American towns, the ?westernised' capital of the Hachemite kingdom is simply fascinating. Only the souk reminds you that you are in the Middle East. One out of three Jordanians lives in this sprawling city that is also host to numerous Palestinian refugees. The ancient Philadelphia has kept some monuments of the Roman era. However, Amman is most of all, the starting point to spread out into the surrounding areas such as Jerash, the "Desert Castles" and the Dead Sea, which are located less than two hours away. The town lies at the foot of the citadel hill (Jebel el Qala'a). Exquisitely restored, the Roman theatre (2nd century) leaning on the flanks of the hill, could hold up to 6,000 spectators. Here you are in the ancient forum, a vast public area flanked by galleries from where you can still see the semicircle of the odeon. The area of souks surrounds the King Hussein mosque and is even open on Fridays. Here you can buy spices and gold. Built on a rocky spur overlooking the low town, the citadel offers a spellbinding view of Amman hemmed in by the 19 hills surrounding it. All that is left of the citadel is a few vestiges of the Roman city wall. Also take a look at the vast podium of the temple of Hercules that was the most important monument of the acropolis. El Qasr is a monumental cross-shaped hall with elaborate floral and geometric designs that survived from the palace complex built at the end of the Umayyad era (8th century). In the modern town, take a look at the New Mosque of King Abdallah, a symbol of contemporary Islamic art, recognisable from its blue dome as well as the impressive ammonite tower, dating back to the second Iron Age.

  • An old town with many relics recalling its interesting past
  • Traditional little cafes and restaurants
  • Wandering the markets and haggling in the souks
  • It is a sprawling city, and the lack of public transport makes it difficult to get around without a car
  • The traffic can be difficult to negotiate

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  • 8.35 /10
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    Grand Hyatt Amman
    Amman - Jordan
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The well-located Grand Hyatt offers all the modern comforts, ...

  • 7.85 /10
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    Le Méridien Amman
    Amman - Jordan
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Meridien Amman may be somewhat lacking in the charm department, ...

  • 7.7 /10
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    Marriott Amman
    Amman - Jordan
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    As the Marriott hotel belongs to the famous international hotel ...

  • 7.05 /10
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    Cham Palace
    Amman - Jordan
    Hotel Hotel 2 Etoile(s)

    The Cham Palace is an unpretentious hotel tha t is pleasant for ...

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