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  • Most of the archaeological museum's collection was transferred to The Jordan Museum, opened in 2013. However, the site does still house a few pieces and copies that succinctly present the country's history.

  • 2 Roman Theatre of Amman Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Central Amman's principal ancient monument, the theatre covers the north flank of Jebel al-Taj, its contours emerging above the top row of seating. It was built in the late 2C. Composed of three blocks of fifteen rows, its cavea accommodated 6 000 sp..

  • Founded in 1980 by the Royal Society of Fine Arts, the national gallery has an inspiring contemporary art collection, one of the best in the Middle East. Note the sombre works of Iraqi Jawdat Hassib, and those by Jordanians Ali Ghul, with silk inlay,..

  • Built in honour of car enthusiast King Hussein, the museum recounts the history of Jordan through the prism of the motor cars belonging to its successive monarchs. Its rich collection will delight car buffs. One of the star exhibits is the Lincoln Ca..

  • 5 Folklore Museum, Amman Interesting

    Museums and art

    The museum currently occupies the western section of the ancient theatre. Collections of costumes, culinary utensils, tools, arms, musical instruments... illustrating the cultural diversity of inhabitants from the desert, villages and towns during th..

  • Housed along with the Folklore Museum inside the Roman theatre, the Museum of Popular Traditions presents for the most part women ' s costumes and jewellery from Jordan's different regions, covering the whole of the country. The museum also has a sma..

  • 7 Amman Citadel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Opposite the Roman theatre stood the citadel, or Jebel al-Qalaal, which throughout the first millennium AD kept watch from behind its ramparts over the population of Philadelphia (the city's name at that time). Of this fortified city, there remain ve..

  • 8 King Abdullah Mosque Interesting

    Religious buildings

    It is hard to miss the imposing blue and white dome of this mosque, flanked by two minarets. The octagonal layout resembles Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock. This example of contemporary Islamic art draws on traditional motifs (mouqarnas, moucharabiehs, ..

  • 9 Palace Complex, Amman Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The remains of this huge Umayyad palace complex include vestiges of a vast entrance hall, baths, a cistern and a colonnade lined by thirteen columns, allowing the visitor to imagine it at its height in the 8C, when it stood along with lodging and adm..

  • 10 King Hussein Memorial Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Situated on the outskirts of Amman, on the main Jordanian road linking Irbid to Aqaba, this vast park is a verdant haven of peace. Planted with hundreds of pines, it is popular on Fridays among families from the capital. From its highest point, there..

  • 11 Al-Husseini Mosque

    Religious buildings

    This mosque (not open to non-Muslim visitors) can be identified by its two slender minarets. In the Ottoman style, albeit reconstructed in 1924 on the site of an ancient sanctuary, it is the holiest site in the city. Around noon on Friday, when the w..

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