Travel Back In Time With Car Rental Amman
Built on seven hills, Amman is the largest city in Jordan, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. By the beginning of the Iron Age, it was the capital of the Ammonites who have been mentioned in the Bible. Following this, the city was taken over by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and finally by the Romans. Today, it is a flourishing metropolis with a diverse population of over two million. Several of its residents are a part of Palestinian, Iraqi, Armenian, Circassian, and other ethnic groups.
Both the old and the new exist together in this ancient city. West Amman is extremely modern, complete with luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, contemporary architecture, and a number of malls. The East is the older part of the city where one can explore the various archeological sites and ruins of Jordan’s rich history with a car rental in Amman.
A great place to start your quest would be at the center of downtown Amman, atop Jebel al-Qala’a – the highest hill – in the area known as the Citadel. The ruins have been found to date back to the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods. Crumbling Corinthian columns mark the site of the remains of a Byzantine basilica. Just 100 meters away lay a temple of Hercules that is believed to have been built during the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. It is now known as the Great Temple of Amman. Have a close look at the Hand of Hercules, the remains of a giant Roman statue, which once stood at the Citadel. Northwest of the Temple of Hercules is the Jordan Archeological museum, which has an excellent collection of artifacts from Jordan’s past, spanning from prehistoric times, to the 15th century.
Downhill from the Citadel lies a real treat for most tourists. Built during the reign of Antonius Pius, the Roman Theatre is one of the most imposing examples of the remains of ancient Roman Philadelphia. The theatre was cut into the north side of a hill, formerly used as a graveyard. One can get a taste of traditional life and culture of the Jordanians at the two small museums, which have been built into the theatre’s foundations – the Jordan Folklore Museum, and the Museum of Popular traditions. In recent years, the theatre has been restored with productions occasionally taking place against a spectacular backdrop.
With so much to see and experience, you can explore the multicultural world of Amman, where old meets new, with a car rental in Amman.
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