Amman, the capital and most populous city of Jordan, is the commercial, cultural and political center of the country. It is also considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the largest city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Amman is a major tourist destination in the region especially among travelers within the Persian Gulf. It is also considered to be one of the most liberal and westernized cities in the Arab World. Many travelers make Amman the base for exploring the country as well as the wider region. It has now transformed itself from a once sleepy quiet village to a bustling metropolis. Amman has many tourist destinations and historical sites to offer any traveler from its many art galleries to various modern shopping malls.
Travelers to Amman usually do so through the Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), which is the country’s largest airport. It is located in Zizya, which is 30 kilometers south of Amman. The Queen Alia Airport is home to the country’s national airline flag carrier, the Royal Jordanian Airlines. It also serves as the major hub for several airlines including Jordan Aviation, Petra Airlines, Royal Falcon and Royal Wings. Another airport in the city, Marka Airport, is located in East Amman and is occasionally used for regional and charter flights to and from Amman.
When planning your vacation in Amman, here are just a few of the more popular tourist destinations and sites to add to the itinerary:
Amman Citadel – Known as Jabal al-Qal'a in Arabic, the Amman Citadel is a national historic site located in the downtown center of Amman. It is an L-shaped hill, one of the seven jabals that used to make up the city of Amman. It is considered an important site because of its long history of occupation by many civilizations. Tourists can still find many buildings at the site influenced by the different civilizations from Roman, Byzantine to Umayyad periods. Some of the buildings include the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and a Byzantine church.
King Abdullah I Mosque – It is a magnificent site to visit with its blue mosaic dome. The King Abdullah I Mosque was built between 1982 and 1989 and occupies a land area of 18,000 square meters.
Roman Theatre – An ancient Roman theater located in Amman, it was built between 138 to 161 CE during the reign of Antonius Pius. The theater was divided into three sections or diazomata with side entrances or paradoi at the ground level. The rooms behind these entrances now house the Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions and the Amman Folklore Museum.
Jordan Archeological Museum – Located within the Amman Citadel, the Jordan Archeological Museum exhibits many artifacts from the different archeological sites in Jordan with some dating as far back to prehistoric times to the 15th century. These artifacts include items from everyday life during that period including glass, metal and pottery objects. There are also more artistic artifacts such as Ain Ghazal statues, jewelry and a coin collection.
As you can see, there are many sights to see and activities to do in Amman, so start planning that trip to Amman now. Search for the cheapest air tickets to Amman on Skyscanner Philippines.
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