Amman’s history is anything but forgotten. A visit to this city carries you off to a time carved in stone on the very hills of Jordan’s landscape.
As the capital of Jordan, Amman is a great city with a population of over 2 million people and growing. The cityscape of white stone structures spread out over 19 jebels (hills) has awarded it the label â€œthe White Cityâ€.
Amman has no lack of historical sites, and ongoing excavating and rebuilding continues to turn up new discoveries. Artifacts have been found to date back to the Neolithic, Arab Islamic, Hellenestic, and late Roman periods.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions include:
- The Citadel, along with the Byzantine Church, the Temple of Hercules, and the Umayyad Palace.
- The Roman Theatre, which is still in use today for important events
- The Odeon can sit 500 people and is used for concerts
For a complete taste of history, you’ll want to make a point of visiting the museums.
- Folklore Museum
- Jordan Archaeological Museum
- Museum of Popular Traditions
While many of Amman’s newer buildings and structures are modern in design, it isn’t difficult to spot its ancient past everywhere throughout the city.
The people of Amman are proud of their homeland and heritage and always willing to offer a story or suggestion.