As-Sultan Qalaoun St. 57, Amman, Jordan
+962 6 565 3043
Photo by Alex Cretey Systermans
Sun - Sat 9am - 11pm
Roman TheaterWhen Rome ran these parts, Amman was known as Philadelphia and flourished as a vital stop on the trade routes north and south. This 6,000-seat theater dates from the 2nd century C.E. and is one of the only remnants of Roman rule in the city. Climb to the top tier and enjoy the astonishing acoustics by listening to other visitors snapping and chatting in front of the stage area. The views over the downtown area and across to Jebel al-Qala’a aren’t too bad either.
The theater site is also home to two small museums. On the left as you enter is the small but beautifully curated Museum of Popular Traditions, with some superb examples of Bedouin embroidery and jewelry, as well as a display of mosaics from Jerash and Madaba. On the right, the Folklore Museum has a series of tableaux illustrating traditional Jordanian life.