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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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Amman is the capital of Jordan and the largest city of the Hashemite kingdom located in the central west part of Jordan. It covers an area of 1680 kilometers squared. The modern city is characterized by several ancient ruins, museums, numerous tourists’ attraction sites, galleries archaeological and cultural heritage sites. It is built over seven hills and commonly referred to as the ‘White City’.
Most of the buildings in this city are white in color or beige due to the materials used in construction and hence the name “white city”. Amman has a population of more than 4 million people. Jordan is mainly a desert country with steep and hilly terrain.
The people are very friendly and welcoming. There is diverse culture and religion; you will find both Christians and Muslims in this city. The official language used in the city is mainly Arabic though many people are able to communicate fluently in English especially those working in the tourism industry. The city has undergone civilization dating back to 8,000 BC.
It is evidenced by imprints left on the caves, churches, buildings, mosques and amphitheaters by the Greeks, Ghassanids Romans, Assyrians, Babylonians, Bani Ammon, Heksus and the Umayyad. Accessing the city could be a challenge but it holds a lot of beautiful sites to visit.
While the city has never boasted a vast array of Islamic antiquities or history delving back over the centuries like several of its Middle Eastern cousins, Amman is nevertheless an important city of Jordan, especially in the 21st century as the place goes from the quiet little countryside town to a bustling metropolis. Home to the University of Jordan as well as some strangely out-of-place Roman ruins like the Roman Theater, the Nymphaeum, or the Citadel with its Roman Temple of Herakles or the 5th century Byzantine Church, or the Ummayad Palace, Amman is much, much more than just another city in Jordan. This is a cultural hotspot, and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, and definitely the place you want to be to really see what’s going on beneath the surface.
Amman is one of the most Westernized cities in Jordan. Home to some of the best schools in the nation, including the University of Jordan, Amman is a haven for the young and brilliant generations of not only Jordan, but also of Palestine and Iraq. Their tolerant views have helped push the city in a Westernized direction and have fueled the fires of modernization in the belly of the city, creating a controlled sense of chaos as the city emerges from its dusty cocoon into the modern world of skyscrapers and high-tech. While the city is Islamic at its core, it is a tolerant sort of Islam that allows its women to wear whatever they want and its people to enjoy life as it was meant to be.
Between the ancient ruins of old and the sparkling new buildings rising above, there is a unique blend of traditional and modern within Amman, and it’s definitely an experience that you cannot get anywhere else in the world. From Starbucks to 5 star hotels to ancient Roman ruins to ancient Islamic ruins to modern skyscrapers, it is a dizzying blend of uniqueness.
Ola's Garden … Heartmade
Ola’s Garden offers a unique collection of hand made jewelry pieces and beautifully crafted accessories such as scarves, shawls, leather work, mosaic, embroidery, painting, wood sculpting and other creations. Every item is a one of a kind piece making it uniquely different from other designers and accessories.
Ola's pieces are made from various materials including natural stones, leather, fabrics, wood and metal. Ola's Garden is committed to design rather than trends, with unique nature loving spirit and style the core of its ethos. Ola has a unique style that strongly reflects her interest in and love for nature, designing directly from life, reflecting ideas about nature, humans and heritage; Ola's method in design is a meditation in details through patience and observation.
Ola Mubaslat, designer and owner, established Ola's Garden in 2008 opening her workshop/store in the beautiful Khirfan Street the oldest street in Amman. Ola fell in love with every aspect of the place; with her jazz music playing; you can feel the soul of every brick dancing, sparkling on her works which emphasize the vision Ola wants to reflect on her work and designs.
Located just off the end of Rainbow Street 400 m in Khirfan Street in the oldest part of town, Ola's Garden provides a cozy little haven to spend time peacefully admiring the many items on display. Discover the beautiful handmade work by visiting Ola's Garden.
Whether you come to Ola’s Garden to buy a special gift or just to talk art; you are will be welcomed.
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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