Roman TheaterWhen Rome ran these parts, Amman was known as Philadelphia and flourished as a vital stop on the trade routes north and south. The 6,000-seat theater dates from the 2nd century AD and is one of the only remnants of Roman rule in the city. Stand Climb to the top tier to enjoy the astonishing acoustics by listening to the visitors snapping and chatting in front of the stage area. The views over the downtown area and across to Jebel al-Qala'at 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 small display of mosaics from Jerash and Madaba. On the right, the Folklore Museum has a series of tableaus illustrating traditional Jordanian life.