Jordan’s capital and largest city is also the country’s economic and cultural capital, as well as one of the Arab world’s most westernized cities. In fact, east and west collide in Amman where the old and the new blend seamlessly on and below the city’s seven hills.
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Modern structures such as the Wadi Abdoun Bridge, Jordan’s only cable-stayed bridge, live harmoniously with the ancient in one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, including the Citadel, which is perched atop the highest hill in the city and home to the Temple of Hercules and Umayyad Palace; and the Roman Theater, a remarkably well-preserved 6,000-seat amphitheater that dates to the 2nd century. Amman is also the gateway to the nearby Dead Sea and Petra, a hand-carved city of stone and one of the most iconic archaeological sites on the planet.
What to See
The Citadel – Towering above Amman atop Jabal Al Qala’a, the Citadel is comprised of a cornucopia of ancient structures, including the Roman-era Temple of Hercules, the ruins of a 6th-century Byzantine church, and the 8th-century Umayyad Palace. The Amman Citadel is also home to the Jordan Archaeological Museum, which exhibits artifacts collected from across the country.
Roman Theater – Built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD when Amman was known as Philadelphia, this restored amphitheater is still used today for concerts and cultural events and is one of the city’s most-visited attractions. Here you will also find the Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions and the Jordan Folklore Museum.
Rainbow Street – Located in the historic Jabal Amman district, colorful Rainbow Street is one of the most popular and pedestrian-friendly streets in the city. It is teeming with cafés, restaurants, rooftop bars and shops and is close to the Citadel and Roman Theater.
Royal Automobile Museum – Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Royal Automobile Museum, which showcases more than 80 of the late King Hussein’s automobiles and motorcycles, including a 1952 Aston Martin and a Bugatti Veyron.