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If you happen to choose the capital city of Jordan for your next visit, don’t forget to visit the Citadel towers above the city from Jabal Al-Qal’a. It is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon where excavations have uncovered Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic remains. Nearby, there are the ruins of the Umayyad palace grounds and the Roman Theatre in downtown Amman; built into the hillside, the theatre was constructed during the time of Antonius Pius and was oriented north to keep the sun off the spectators. And if you still have time, visit the grand Al-Husseini Mosque downtown .The mosque was built by the late King Abdullah in 1924 on the site of a much older mosque, and possibly also the site of Philadelphia’s Byzantine cathedral. Built in pink and white stone in the Ottoman style, it was fully restored in 1987.
While you’re visiting, take a walk back in history through Jabal Amman. Jabal Amman is one of the seven hills that originally made up Amman, Jordan where you can stroll down the Rainbow Street lined with quaint coffee shops and little artisan shops and enjoy spectacular views of downtown Amman. If you happen to be in Amman from April to October, don’t forget to visit the Jara Flea Market on Fridays; the market offers a wide variety of silver jewelry, embroidered items, and local food items.
Finally, you shouldn’t leave Amman without having spent at least some time in the downtown area where you can try a “fit-for-the-gods” golden Palestinian sweet called Knafeh that is made with a layer of white cheese and vermicelli-like pastry dyed orange and covered in sugary syrup. Or you can shop for souvenirs on one of the downtown bustling streets brimming with small shops that offer unique items as memories of your trip. We hope you will come visit us soon, and stay with us at the Amman Marriott Hotel.