Amman is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – founded by the Ammonites in 7th Century BC. Since then it has been inhabited by the Assyrians, Persians, Greek, Nabateans, Romans, Circassians and Ottomans before finally becoming the capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1921.
Start your tour of Amman at The Citadel, and the Roman Temple of Hercules also known as Temple of Amman. Then take a seat in the Roman Theatre, a large amphitheatre cut into the mountainside – in the summer there are regular performances here – traditional music, folklore dancing, plays and modern pop concerts.
Amman has plenty of museums, admire traditional costumes, antique jewellery and crafts to get an insight into the Bedouin lifestyle. Or visit the National Automobile Museum to see the collection of classic cars of the Late King Hussein. There is also a children’s museum and many different art galleries around the city.
Make a visit to the souq for handmade gold and silver jewellery, local handicrafts and fresh fruit and vegetables. There are also large modern shopping malls in the areas of Sweifeh and Abdoun.
After dark, Amman shows off it’s young culture and vibrant nightlife restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Some have live entertainment featuring old and new Arabic music and dance. The best place for nightclubs and bars is Rainbow Street.
Where to Stay?
There are a wide selection of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels in the city