Known during antiquity as Philadelphia, Jordan’s capital lays just a short drive from the Syrian and Israeli borders. The area has been continuously inhabited since 6,000 BC, though few ancient buildings remain. This relatively modern and bustling city was not much more than a village when it became the seat of government in the 1920s. Since then it has grown dramatically - Its population swelled by the arrival of succeeding waves of displaced Palestinians, who today make up a majority of the city’s residents.
Nowadays, Amman has little of the atmosphere one might describe as “typically” Middle Eastern. Amman is essentially a very western-oriented city. However, the city does offer a number of historical attractions including a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, the Museum of Popular Traditions and the National Archaeological Museum. The Forum and Citadel Hill represent the few remaining Roman ruins of Amman. The hill affords a sweeping view of Amman and is a tranquil escape from the rest of the crowded city. Speaking of hills, Amman is built upon a series of hills. Dominating the Ammans’s hilltop citadel is the 8th century governor’s residence, the Umayyad Palace.
West Amman is worthy of exploration. Once a preserve of Amman’s elite, the quiet leafy streets around 1st Circle on Jebel Amman are still lined with many fine old villas. In this vicinity is Rainbow Street, where you’ll find shops, boutiques and other points of interest such as the Jordan National Gallery, which displays modern Jordanian and Middle Eastern art. Many of the Amman’s good restaurants can also be found here.
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