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  • 1 Amman Archaeological Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    JOR - Amman

    A surprisingly small museum for such impressive collections. Its treasures offer a splendid insight into the nation's historical and cultural diversity from prehistory to Byzantium. Objects are distinguished by influences ranging from Egyptian, throu..

  • 2 Roman Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Amman

    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..

  • 3 National Gallery of Fine Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    JOR - Amman

    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,..

  • 4 Royal Automobile Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    JOR - Amman

    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

    JOR - Amman

    Pending relocation to the buildings of the new national museum on King Talal St, the museum currently occupies the western section of the ancient theatre. Collections of costumes, culinary utensils, tools, arms, musical instruments... illustrating th..

  • 6 Museum of Popular Tradition, Amman Interesting

    Museums and art

    JOR - Amman

    Like the Folklore Museum, this museum should soon be merged into the new national museum on King Talal St. For the moment, its collections are well presented in the eastern section of the ancient theatre. They are mainly women's costumes and jeweller..

  • 7 Amman Citadel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    JOR - Amman

    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

    JOR - Amman

    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 Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Amman

    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

    JOR - Amman

    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

    JOR - Amman

    Two slender minarets mark this mosque (not open to visitors). 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 week's main prayers take place, s..

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