Amman, in Jordan, is ancient city full of reminders of its history, including a Roman Amphitheater and the Temple of Hercules. Visitors to Amman are able to drive to the World Heritage listed Petra from the city. Shopping facilities are developing in Amman, with many large malls to visit, or the traditional Souk (market), where haggling can be done over goods. Royal Jordanian Airlines offer direct flights to several airports in the United States including New York’s JFK airport (around 12 hours), Chicago O’Hare and Detroit.
Originally spread over seven hills, or jabals,
the capital of the Hashemite kingdom now sprawls over 19 hills and
is home to well over a million people, almost half of Jordan's
population. Known as the White City, the hills are covered in a
jumble of light-coloured stone houses, consistently box-like in
shape with flat roofs characteristic of a typical desert city.
Faded minarets, pavement markets, Arabian sweet shops and the
crumbling remains of ancient civilisations contrast wonderfully
with the contemporary edifices, fashionable boutiques and
international restaurants. This blend of the old and the new
combines in the noisy and chaotic downtown area where the city's
extraordinarily friendly residents go about their
Roman Theatre Amman
Below the Citadel is the magnificent Roman
amphitheatre, an impressive relic from ancient Philadelphia that is
cut into the hill and can seat up to 6,000 people.
Situated about 31 miles (50km) north of Amman
is one of the top attractions in Jordan, the ancient city of
Jerash, which is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman
sites in the world.
Desert Castle Loop Amman
Stretching to the east of Amman towards Saudi
Arabia and Iraq is the vast desert plain where a cluster of
historic ruins such as castles, forts, baths and palaces have been
preserved and are collectively known as desert castles.
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