Saturday, October 24, 2015

Amman, Jordan, October 24, 2015

The low rise, off white colored city of Amman-

In the Old Testament, Amman is called Rabbath and apparently King David burned many people alive in a brick kiln!  Nasty guy!  Later, it became known as Philadelphia, after the Ptolemy ruler Philadelphus (283-246 BC).  Herod took over in 30 BC and it became part of the Roman Empire.  During this time, the Temple to Hercules was built from 161-166 AD.  Hercules was the son of Zeus and known for his physical strength-

More fancy stones-

The hand fragment belonged to a colossal statue measuring at least 13 meters high.  The other fragments are from who knows what-

The audience hall to the Umayyad Palace is from 720 AD.  The dome is new but archaeologists think it's accurate-

The inside is shaped like a cross-

The Umayyad Palace-

The Roman Theatre is from Roman Philadelphia.  It seats 6000 people and was built during the reign of Antoniinus Pius (138-161 AD) -

These columns, 190 AD, were part of the Forum which is a public square.  They think the Forum would have been 100m by 50m.  Most of it is still buried beneath the street-

Lunch was at the famous Hashem Restaurant.  What else could one ask for besides humus, fresh and soft pita bread, falafel and Jordan's version of baklava?  Everything was really good, except the baklava had a layer similar to pie crust inside, which I don't like as much as just all phyllo-

Vegetable souks-

Feta and olives-

I watched a man make a sand scene.  It took him about 10 minutes-

Jordan's version of 'tea to go".  This man was just walking down the sidewalk, serving tea-

Traditionnal Jordanian dress.  I'm glad I don't have to wear this-

Looking forward to joining my G Adventure tour tomorrow-


  1. Cool stuff you have and you keep overhaul every one of us
    You have done a amazing job with you website
    jordan tourism

    1. Thanks Richard. I loved visiting Jordan and hope it remains untouched so others may enjoy the splendour.


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