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Places to see in Amman, things to do in Amman, Jordan

1. Roman Amphitheatre

The theatre was built during the reign of Antonius Pius (138-161 CE). The large and steeply raked structure could seat about 6,000 people: built into the hillside, it was oriented north to keep the sun off the spectators. It was divided into three horizontal sections (diazomata). Side entrances (paradoi) existed at ground level, one leading to the orchestra and the other to the stage. Rooms behind these entrances now house the Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions on the one side, and the Amman Folklore Museum on the other side. 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 cavea.

 

 

 

2. Jabal Al Qala Citadel

The ancient Citadel, which towers above the city from atop Jabal al-Qala’a, is a good place to begin a tour of the city. The Citadel is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon, and excavations here have revealed numerous Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic remains. The most impressive building of the Citadel, known simply as al-Qasr ("the Palace"), dates back to the Islamic Umayyad period. Its exact function is unclear, but it includes a monumental gateway, an audience hall and four vaulted chambers. A colonnaded street also runs through the complex. To the north and northeast are the ruins of Umayyad palace grounds.

 

 

 

3. Kan Zaman Village

Renovation and adaptive re-use of an old estate with the walls of a 19th century agricultural settlement, with the aim of promoting local development through tourism and the revival of traditional craftsmanship. It comprises a restaurant, numerous shops, and a crafts centre. While the vaulted structures of the original buildings were preserved, new additions and extensions have also been constructed in local stone with rough plastering.

 

 

4. Taibet Zaman Village

Staying here is like stepping back in time, as the flat-roofed complex echoes exotic sounds and scenes from yesteryear. Taybet Zaman, now a five star hotel, is a restored bedouin village high on a hill overlooking desolate landscapes. Stone homes are connected by stone archways, walls, terraces and roads that wind through the complex in a maze-like manner. Original inhabitants of this village were Nabataean people from western Arabia. They were nomadic farmers who collected sandstone blocks and rubble to build winter shelters for their families and animals.

 

 

 

5. National Archaeological Museum

A collection of unusual archaeological finds in this museum includes famous Dead Sea Scrolls, preserved skulls and rhinoceros teeth that date back 200,000 years.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Jordan Folklore Museum

The Jordan Folklore Museum is located within the western section of the Roman Theatre in Amman. This museum was founded by the Department of Antiquities and officially opened in 1975. The museum houses items representing the following Jordanian cultures: * The culture of the desert (Bedu). * The culture of the villages (Reef). * The culture of the towns and cities(Madineh).

 

 

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