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Day One & Two

Traveling to Amman


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Day One

The day started early with a train ride to Schiphol Airport, where all my documents for entry into Jordan where checked by the Turkish Airlines Crew.

After a 3 hour flight to Istanbul I had a 4 hour layover, which I used to visit the Museum at the airport.

From Istanbul it was a 2 hour flight to Amman, the capitol of Jordan

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Day Two

After a delicious breakfast, it was time to explore the city of Amman.

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Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.

The city was originally built on seven hills, but since then has spread out to over nineteen hills, and you'll notice this when walking around.

My hotel is near the city center, and once there you'll find many little alleys to wander around. Most have shops, but some have fruit markets.

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Roman Nymphaeum

I just happened to stumble across this Roman Nymphaeum, which is a fancy word for fountain. The fence to the site was unlocked but not open, and I decided to play the dumb tourist and wander onto the site.

Roman Nymphaeum
Roman Nymphaeum Amman

Roman Theatre

My actual goal was to find the Roman Theatre. A few months ago I visited the one in Greece. And it's interesting to see how this one holds up.

Thanks to my Jordan pass, I could walk right in.

Roman Theatre Amman

The Jordan Pass

The Jordan Pass is an online ticket you can buy from the Jordanian government that allows you to visit almost all historic sites in the country, including Petra.

It also allows you to get a Visa on Arrival without all the hassle of paying the visa in cash, like the people behind me were trying to do.

If you plan to visit Petra, it's already cheaper to get the pass, and you get to visit all the other attractions in the country for free.

I highly recommend getting a Jordan Pass when visiting Jordan.

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Roman Theatre Amman
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Roman Theatre Amman

One museum shows relics of the past, such as mosaics found near the site.

Museum at the Roman Theatre in Amman
Museum at the Roman Theatre in Amman Museum at the Roman Theatre in Amman

The other one shows how people lived and dressed in the day.

Museum at the Roman Theatre in Amman
Museum at the Roman Theatre in Amman Museum at the Roman Theatre in Amman Museum at the Roman Theatre in Amman

Odeon

Where the Roman Theatre seats about six thousand people, the Odeon next door seats just 500. It was used for musical performances, poetry readings and debates or lectures.

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Odeon Amman
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From the Theatre, I made my way to the Citadel, conveniently located on top of a 805 meter high hill.

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Safe city

Seems Amman is a safe city.

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Citadel

The Citadel is one of the longest inhabited places on earth and you can find Roman temples, Palaces and Churches on this hilltop.

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Hercules temple Amman

This might seem like a Mosque, but it's actually a Palace.

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Palace in Citadel Amman

Behind the Palace, there used to be bathhouses, I think it's neat to get a sense of how it would have looked by looking through the various alleys and gates.

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Bathhouse citadel

The views from the Citadel are really nice too.

Giant Flag Citadel views

The bathhouse and palace needed water and they used to store it in this circular building

Water storage

This is the only remaining wall of the actual Mosque in the Citadel.

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And just a few meters away are the remains of a Byzantine Church.

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After all this walking, it was time for food, back down the hill in Downtown Amman.

I noticed a lot of people sitting around with paper plates eating something I didn't recognize and decided to join the nearby queue.

Knafeh
Delicious Knafeh

According to Google Lens and Wikipedia Knafeh is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made with spun pastry called kataifi, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and typically layered with cheese, or with other ingredients such as clotted cream, pistachio or nuts, depending on the region.

Cheese and Sugar taste delicious!

Amman streets Waiting for Knafeh

Rainbow St.

After some relaxing at the hotel, I walked to Rainbow Street, which is supposed to be the place to be in the evening.

I thought it was slightly underwhelming, it's just a street with some shops and restaurants 🤷.

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