Almost half of Jordan’s population is concentrated in Amman; Jordan’s capital. Amman, as we see it now, is the capital of the Hashemite kingdom and it has evolved a great deal from the late 19th century when Emir Abdulla Ibn Al-Hussein established it. Since then, it has become a modern capital holding plenty of must-visit places.
Transportation in Jordan
Transportation in Jordan is not a concern; Queen Alia International Airport is about 30 minutes away from south Amman. Buses and taxis are also available to ease your touristic stay at Amman. As for its weather, you can take benefit from its great climate. Summer temperatures vary between 28 and 35 degrees Celsius, while winter is not typically that cold with some rain and snow. Spring and autumn are truly agreeable.
The Seven Hills of Amman
It is very well known for its seven hills that burst with stone-coloured houses. Its hills receive remarkable admiration from tourists. Amman is nicknamed the White City after its luminous white houses. It is a combination of the old world and the new, and it may be considered one of the oldest cities on earth. Many civilizations have lived in Jordan including the Ammonites, Edomites, Moabites, Babylonians, Nabateans, Romans, and Circassians. These civilizations have left a significant impact on the city. Its old buildings have been renovated with traditional architectural methods in order to maintain authenticity. Enjoy Amman’s attractions and sites today and witness Jordanian hospitality.
Jordan’s Cultural Features
You can’t drive in Amman (honestly, it’s not recommended!) without stopping by and strolling in its ancient streets vibrant with life and with the sounds of people in its cafes savoring its special treats and traditional cuisine. You definitely can’t miss its souvenirs shops that are spread everywhere. Nonetheless, to truly explore Amman’s beauty, your visit should encompass the great museums of the city and its touristic sites. We highly recommend that you visit the Citadel, an important religious and military site that dates back to Roman and Byzantine times. The remains of the Islamic era are also very apparent. Al-Qaser, the palace, has a huge gate and an audience hall with chambers. Somewhere nearby, you can spot a small basilica of Byzantine times that dates back to the 6th century. The Temple of Hercules, known as the Great Temple of Amman, also lies on Citadel Hill. It has been reconstructed and resembles the Temple of Artemis. The Jordan Archeological Museum houses a collection of antiques, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Roman stones of Hellenistic prodigy and jewellery.
The Roman Ampitheatre was built in the reign of Antoninus Pius (AD 13 8-61) to hold 6,000 people. It has been reconstructed and still hosts events. Wihtin the Amphitheatre you can find the Folklore Museum that houses some of Jordan’s cultural features like pieces of embroidery, mosaic, crafts and traditional costumes.
Many mosques are spread throughout Amman including King Abdullah I Mosque, Abu Darweesh Mosque , King Hussein Mosque . They are all amazingly designed mosques with startling architectural features that date to ancient times.
You will definitely enjoy your stay in Amman- a mixture of ancient and modern life that guide you to explore the treasures of such a wonderful ancient city.