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Amman Travel Guide

by our Jordan expert Paul Baderman
 
Paul BadermanThe capital of the ancient Ammonites as well as modern Jordan, Amman is among the longest inhabited cities of world civilisation. It is one of the most visited locations in the Middle East as both a major commercial centre, key to the region’s economy, and tourist destination. There are vestiges of its pre-history foundation, notably the Citadel, but it is the Roman remains that are outstanding; a huge, remarkably well-preserved amphitheatre is almost adjoined by the carefully restored Odeon and both are still spectacular venues for live performances today. The forum and the Temple of Hercules date from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Amman’s modern growth was greatly boosted by the building of the Hejaz Railway at the start of the 20thC. to carry pilgrims to Mecca and Medina. Consequently the city is an important centre for the Moslem religion, but with the two mosques of King Hussein (in the old quarter) and King Abdullah (outstandingly modern) appealing to all tourists. Amman is perhaps the most ‘western’ city of the entire region, colourful and friendly, and visitors have a immense choice of restaurants and nightlife as well as a more relaxed social attitude.
 

Jordan Facts

National Flag: Jordanian Flag
Language(s): Arabic
Currency: Jordanian dinar
Dialling Code: +962
Time Zone: GMT + 2

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