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Qasr Al Mushatta is attractive ruins in Amman.
They are eighth century ruins and are partially reconstructed ruins of the winter palace of Umayyad Caliph walid two. They were planned as a lavish castle but they never finished.
They are a short drive from the international airport but one has to get a personal means of transport or hire a taxi in order to reach them.
These ruins were partly destroyed by earthquakes and hence most of the columns and watch towers have long since collapsed however the huge exterior wall and carved facades hint the original grandeur and the original beauty of the site.
At the entrance of the ruins you find a mosque with its obviously rebuilt Mihrab which is used to indicate the direction of Mecca.
The northern sections have remains of a vaulted audience hall and residences. There are segmented pillars that lie scattered around like broken vertebrae.
There is one unusual feature of the site that is the vaults that were made from burnt bricks which is an uncommon material in buildings of this style rather than using black basalt.
You will also find ancient toilets that are compete with drains and they are located at the back of the hall.
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The Roman Theatre is a popular site in Jordan, a perfect location for sightseeing with a capacity of 6,000 seats. It is located in the heart of the city of Amman previously known as Philadelphia. Roman theatre is in close proximity to the popular Hashemite Square. The city was a centerpiece of the ancient city and it greatly influenced modern settled in Amman during the 19thcentury.
The Amman’s Roman Amphitheatre is an interesting place to visit characterised by several art galleries. The theatre offers an amazing viewing from the top of the building. Many people use the site for advertising and shooting of various movies.
The most suitable time to visit the landmark is early morning before it gets too hot to tour around. Amman Theatre was constructed back in the second century during the reigns of Antonius Pius (AD 138-61) and Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD). In 1957.The theatre had three main horizontal sections referred to as diazomata.
Side entrances referred to as paradoi were found on the ground level, one led to the stage while the other led to the orchestra.
In the ancient times the Roman dignitaries and other superior persons would sit on the uppermost seats on the theatre other than sitting on the seats that were closest to the performers.
The uppermost section was referred to as “The God’s” and it offered a good view due to the steepness of the stairs.
For lovers of photography this is a good place to visit especially during the morning or the late afternoon hours as there is an excellent natural lighting. If you visit the theatre at night you will find a place that is well illuminated with floodlights.
This Roman theatre is open for those who want to visit the place and it hosts many local events like Al-Balad music festival.
Along the Rainbow street you will come across a popular market called Souk Jara. The market is a well known tourist attraction that offers a wide range of locally produced goods. Some of the items sold in the market include handicrafts, antiques, and soaps among many other products.
In Amman you will find the Duke’s Diwan which is a historic townhouse. It was built in the nineteen twenty four and has served as a post office, ministry of finance and a hotel. Today this house has been set with new era furniture by a famous Jordanian who is the prince of Mukhaybeh town.
Duke's Diwans is one of the best places to visit in Amman. It is a well preserved ancient structure that has remained unchanged even with modernization taking over major buildings in the city. The interiors and exteriors of this building are enchanting, and the surroundings as well.
This house retains its original doors and windows that are from the early nineteen ninety’s and the furniture remains untouched leaving the visitors wondering how many historical figures ever walked on the same rooms.
This Duke’s Diwan house will forever remain to be the paint of magical picture of a customary Levantine house. The house remains to be open daily after all in Arabic Diwan means “The guest’s place.”
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