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Al-Balad District

Downtown Amman

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At the Roman Theater

At the Roman Theater

Downtown Amman, or Al-Balad District ("Wasat Al Balad"), is one of historic areas of Amman where you can see the famous ancient Citadel built on a hill, the ruins of Hercules Temple nearby, the Roman Amphitheater with the Jordan Folklore Museum. I only managed to visit the Roman Amphitheater ("Al Mudaraj Al Rumani") and the Jordanian Folklore Museum.

At the entrance to the Roman Theater

At the entrance to the Roman Theater

I was glad to see the museum exhibits from the large collection of traditional costumes, household devices, and musical instruments. The entrance fee of 2 dinars includes the visit to the ancient amphitheatre and to the museum.

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As the Amphitheatre entrance plaque explains, the Roman Amphitheater (it is simply called the Roman Theater) was built in 138 – 161 A.D. during the reign of Antoninus Pius, one of the Five Good Emperors, Pater Patriae, “Father of the Fatherland” (139 A.D.).

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At the Jordanian Folklore Museum

At the Jordanian Folklore Museum

At the Jordanian Folklore Museum

At the Jordanian Folklore Museum

If you climb the stairs of the Amphitheatre, you can have a breath-taking view of the opposite hill with the Citadel above it. Those seats on top of the amphitheatre were the most prestigious in those ancient times. They say this amphitheatre carved into the mountain has advanced acoustic design. Even today, musical and dance performances are held there.

At the Roman Theater

At the Roman Theater

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You can continue your walk with a guide. I saw one at the entrance to the amphitheatre. He spoke English and offered me a guided tour of the Citadel. I realized that all tours have to be over by sunset, and it was too late to start.

A view from the Roman Amphitheater

A view from the Roman Amphitheater

At the entrance to the Roman Amphitheater

At the entrance to the Roman Amphitheater

At the entrance to the Roman Amphitheater

At the entrance to the Roman Amphitheater

About the Roman Theater in Amman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E18YHp4sHC0

The Roman Amphitheater (it is simply called the Roman Theater)

The Roman Amphitheater (it is simply called the Roman Theater)

At the entrance to the Roman Amphitheater

At the entrance to the Roman Amphitheater

The Roman Amphitheater

The Roman Amphitheater

Here are some pictures of the district that I liked: https://razanmasri.com/travel/jordan/al-balad-downtown-amman/

Approaching the Roman Amphitheater

Approaching the Roman Amphitheater

At the entrance to the Roman Amphitheater

At the entrance to the Roman Amphitheater

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Posted by Vic_IV 07:02 Archived in Jordan Tagged jordan downtown amman al-balad_district

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