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Top 10 attractions to explore in Amman Governorate

The land covered by the Amman Governorate has been inhabited since the prehistoric age, ruins of civilizations as early as 7250 BC have been discovered in the area. Capital of Jordan- Amman is located in this province.

Attractions in Amman Governorate

Amman CitadelK. Ali Ben Al-Hussein St. 146, Amman, Jordan

L-shaped hill with a long history of occupation by many great civilizations- Assyrians, Babylonians, the Ptolemies, the Seleucids, Romans, Byzantines, and the Umayyads. The hill became the capital of the Kingdom of Ammon sometime after 1200 BC. The major buildings at the site are the Temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church, and the Umayyad Palace.

Qasr al-KharanehAmman Governorate, Jordan

Desert castle built sometime before the early 8th century AD. The purpose of this building is still unclear- the building's internal arrangement does not suggest a military use, and slits in its wall could not have been designed for arrowslits. It could have been a resting place for traders, but lacks the water source such buildings usually had close by and is not on any major trade routes.

Qasr al-MushattaAmman, Jordan

Ruin of an Umayyad winter palace, part of a string of castles, palaces and caravanserais known collectively in Jordan as the Desert Castles. Though much of the ruins can still be found in the site, the most striking feature of the palace, its facade, has been removed and is on display at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

Roman Nymphaeum AmmanAl-Hashemi St., Amman, Jordan

Partially preserved Roman public fountain believed to have contained a 600 square meters pool which was three meters deep and was continuously refilled with water. The nymphaeum was built in the 2nd century CE.

Roman TheatreAl-Hashemi St., Amman, Jordan

6,000 seat second-century Roman theatre. It dates back to the Roman period when the city was known as Philadelphia.

Royal Tank MuseumAl Muqabalein, Amman, Jordan

20,000 sq. m of exhibition space divided into thirteen halls showcasing hundreds of light and heavy military items placed in their historic chronological order. It features around 110 tanks, many of which are historical and were used in Jordan's past wars and battles.

The Jordan MuseumThe Jordan Museum، Ali Ben Abi Taleb St., Amman, Jordan

Largest museum in Jordan hosting the country's most important archaeological findings. The museum presents artifacts from various prehistoric archaeological sites in Jordan, including the 7500 BC Ain Ghazal statues which are regarded as one of the oldest human statues ever made by human civilization.

The Martyrs MuseumAmman, Jordan

War museum showcasing a rare collection of Jordan's military weapons, clothing and vehicles. It also serves as a memorial to the martyrs who gave their lives in the service of Jordan as early as 1915, starting with the Great Arab Revolution which was led by King Hussein bin Ali.

The museum showcases a rare collection of Jordan's vehicles ranging from Hussein bin Ali's cars that came to Amman in 1916 to modern sports cars.

Umm ar-RasasUmm ar-Rasas, Jordan

Situated in the Jordanian Desert, the site has been allied to the biblical settlement of Mephaat mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah. The Roman military utilized the site as a strategic garrison, but it was later converted and inhabited by Christian and Islamic communities. The mosaic floor of the Church of St Stephen made in 785 (discovered after 1986) is the most important discovery on the site. The perfectly preserved mosaic floor is the largest in Jordan.

Map of attractions in Amman Governorate