Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a mixture of modernity and antiquity. The city is ancient and at the same time at the pulse of time. Once the city was built on seven hills. Modern buildings, restaurants and shopping malls but also numerous ancient ruins characterize today's Amman. On the hill Jabal al-Qala'a is the historic citadel with the remains of the Roman Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace complex from the 8th century. With Tourlane, you can book your flights, transfers, accommodation and guides - all in one place! Our travel experts will create your perfect tour package according to your travel tastes and preferences.
Amphitheatre from the period between 130 and 160 AD.
Historically valuable ruins in the center of the city
In the east of Amman, just in front of the Citadel Hill, is the largest amphitheater in all of Jordan. The Roman theatre was built around 130 to 160 AD and could seat up to 6,000 people. The theatre is very well preserved and still serves as a venue today. The Folklore Museum and the Jordanian Museum of Folk Traditions attract culturally interested visitors. A visit to the Roman Theatre is always worthwhile, because the ancient building of the Romans is simply impressive!
The citadel hill with the remains of the citadel is called Jabal el Qala'a by the locals. The hill with ruins from different times is the main attraction of the city. A steep path leads to the top, but the climb is worth it. The citadel hill is one of the oldest permanently inhabited places in the world and is now an architectural testimony of important civilizations. Up here you can admire the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and the Byzantine Church. The citadel hill was already settled in the early Bronze Age. The oldest fortifications date back to about 1500 BC. Most of the structures, parts of which are still standing today, date back to Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad times. The archaeological museum of Jordan is also located on the site. A visit to the Citadel Hill is also worthwhile to enjoy the magnificent view over Amman.
The famous Rainbow Street is colorful and bustling. Here you can expect numerous cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops. The hip Books Café and other bars and cafes on Rainbow Street are where young people congregate. The area is one of the more modern places in the city and is considered a hip "place to be". A visit to the "Souk Jara" nearby is also worthwhile. Here you can find handicrafts, clothes and food.
The Al-Husseini Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the city. It was built in 1924 in the Ottoman style on the remains of an old mosque from the 7th century. The mosque stands in the middle of the action and is surrounded by souks, the Roman Theatre and the Citadel. What makes it special is that both minarets of the mosque have different designs and are of different heights. When visiting the mosque, you must pay attention to appropriate clothing. There are different entrances for men and women.
Another mosque worth visiting is the beautiful blue King Abdullah Mosque. It is a bit out of the way from downtown Amman but well worth the visit! The mosque was built from 1982 to 1989 by order of King Hussein in memory of his grandfather. The design was submitted by the Bohemian-German architect Jan Cejka as part of a competition. The octagonal hall has room for about 3,000 worshippers. The dome has a diameter of no less than 35 metres and is 31 metres high. The mosque can be visited by non-Muslims, but here you should also wear appropriate clothing, shorts and skirts are taboo. Next to the mosque is also the Islamic museum. Less
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