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The Essential Guide to Amman

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Jordan's capital is an energetic and sprawling city of boxy white-stone houses that roll over the hills. As well as being home to a handful of important historic sites (and the country's premier museum), Amman's bustling streets and vibrant cafe culture make it a great place to capture a sense of modern Jordanian life.
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K. Ali Ben Al-Hussein St. 146, Amman, Jordan
At the Citadel, on the summit of Jebel al-Qala'a, are extensive remnants of the city's many past incarnations. Evidence of habitation here stretches back to the Bronze Age. The collection of ruins include a Roman temple, a Byzantine church, and a...
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King Faisal Street, عمّان، Jordan
It may not be the smartest address in town, but it sure is the tastiest. Hashem Restaurant is an Amman institution, dishing up the city's best fuul (fava bean dip) and crisp, fresh falafel to the masses 24 hours a day for decades. This is...
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Al-Hashemi St., Amman, Jordan
When 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. Climb to...
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Nadim Al-Mallah St 13, Amman, Jordan
This cultural center is the pulse of Amman's contemporary art scene, with a program of rolling exhibitions taking place throughout the year. Take a stroll through the manicured garden, speckled with modern art. It's a tranquil spot to unwind and...
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Climb the stairs from downtown to reach Abou Baker al-Seddeek Street (more commonly called Rainbow Street), the vibrant hub of Amman's cafe culture. Nicknamed after the (now-defunct) Rainbow Theater, this road is packed with restaurants, funky...
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#16 Mohammad Ali Al Saadi Str.، Amman, Jordan
Walk up a winding, narrow street in a quiet residential neighborhood of Amman, Jordan. Climb a set of whitewashed, limestone steps and enter a warmly lit small kitchen decorated in deep greens and bright whites with—my favorite—a bright orange...
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The Jordan Museum، Ali Ben Abi Taleb St. 10, Amman, Jordan
If you want to delve into the huge history of this tiny nation, then don't miss Amman's Jordan Museum. This modern museum holds a wealth of exhibits with excellent information panels to help you understand the vast scope of human history here. The...
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Amman, Jordan
One of Amman's most distinctive landmarks, the azure blue dome of the King Abdullah Mosque can be seen for miles across the city. This is one of the few mosques in Jordan that can be entered by non-Muslims, so it's well worth a visit. The vast...