Ancient Amman on foot (web only)


| May 15, 2020

Exploring the city on foot provides the opportunity to mingle with the locals, sample a falafel sandwich at Hashem restaurant or try some knafeh, traditional Arabic sweets. Visit the gold market, the magnificent Ottoman-style King Hussein Mosque, rebuilt in 1924 on the site of an ancient mosque, and the bustling streets and markets of the downtown area leading to the Nymphaeum. The Nymphaeum is believed to have contained a 600-square-metre pool, three metres deep, which was continuously refilled with fresh water. Also visit the Roman theatre, built during the reign of Antonius Pius. Cut into the northern side of a hill that once served as a necropolis, it is similar in design to the amphitheatre at Jerash and can accommodate 6,000 spectators. Also visit the citadel built on the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon. Excavations here have revealed numerous Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic remains.

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