Jordan's capital Amman originally was built on seven hills, but now it spreads over at least nineteen hills. It is a city of contrasts, a mixture of ancient and modern, where many civilizations left their mark.

The oldest records refer to Amman as Rabbath-Ammon, the capital of the Ammonite kingdom. Later on it was called Philadelphia and around 30 BC it became part of the Roman Empire. At that time it was a member of theDecapolis, the famous league of ten cities that were bound by powerful commercial, political and cultural interests.

Nowadays you can still see many remains from ancient times. The Amman Citadel features a lovely view over the hills and valleys of the capital. You may visit the remains of the temple of Hercules, the Ummayyad palace, a Byzantine church and the archaeological museum. Down the hill you may visit the Roman theatre which seats 6,000 and the nearby Grand Husseini Mosque.

Modern Amman also has a lot of entertainment to offer. Varying from modern shopping centers in Sweifiyeh and Abdoun to traditional souqs downtown. Enjoy the taste of Arabic coffee and sweets. Taste the Arabic food in one of the nice restaurants, accompanied by traditional life music. And explore Amman's nightlife and go dancing in one of the many nightclubs.

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