Al-Balad District

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Al-Balad District Amman Reviews

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Downtown Amman Mar 05, 2018
Downtown Amman, or Al-Balad District ("Wasat Al Balad"), is one of historic areas of Amman where you can see the famous ancient Citadel built on a hill, the ruins of Hercules Temple nearby, the Roman Amphitheater with the Jordan Folklore Museum. I only managed to visit the Roman Amphitheater ("Al Mudaraj Al Rumani") and the Jordanian Folklore Museum. I was glad to see the museum exhibits from the large collection of traditional costumes, household devices, and musical instruments. The entrance fee of 2 dinars includes the visit to the ancient amphitheater and to the museum.

As the Amphitheater entrance plaque explains, the Roman Amphitheater (it is simply called the Roman Theater) was built in 138 – 161 A.D. during the reign of Antoninus Pius, one of the Five Good Emperors, Pater Patriae, “Father of the Fatherland” (139 A.D.).

If you climb the stairs of the Amphitheater, you can have a breathtaking view of the opposite hill with the Citadel above it. Those seats on top of the amphitheater were the most prestigious in those ancient times. They say this amphitheatre carved into the mountain has advanced acoustic design. Even today musical and dance performances are held there.

You can continue your walk with a guide. I saw one at the entrance to the amphitheater. He spoke English and offered me a guided tour of the Citadel. I realized that all tours have to be over by sunset, and it was too late to start.

Here are some pictures of the district that I liked:
The Roman Amphitheater: ancient V…
The Roman Amphitheater
The Roman Amphitheater
The Roman Amphitheater
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