Landmarks in Amman
Jordan is an offbeat destination that gives an insight into the life and culture of the Middle East. In Jordan, there is always something that strikes, attracting people from all over the world. Book your next vacation and we will take you to all the gorgeous destinations around Jordan. Here are the 10 top-rated landmarks you must visit in Jordan.
Climb to Amman Citadel
Sitting in the heart of the city, the Amman Citadel is one of the country’s top attractions and memorable landmarks. Situated atop the city’s highest hill, Jebel Al Qala’a, the historical site is home to many ancient attractions, dating back to the Bronze Age. Other magnificent structures were added during the Iron Age, Byzantine, Roman, and Umayyad eras, showing the brilliant architecture of each period. This place also offers incredible panoramic views, overlooking the old city. Let’s start our tour!
The Temple of Hercules is one of the famous Roman sites, with its mighty pillars on the podium. Visitors rush to see the glorious hand, believed to be the only remaining part of a colossal statue of Hercules. Just above the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace is the most-preserved structure of the place. Although most of the complex was destroyed in the 8th-century earthquake, some parts are in good condition. You can view the domed audience hall, with its stunning design, in addition to the Umayyad Cistern and Byzantine Basilica. Within the citadel, you can view the ruins of the 6th-century Byzantine Church, featuring some pillars and mosaics, along with the floor plan.
While you are there, why don’t you visit the Jordan archaeological museum? – This place houses numerous valuable artifacts, from the Stone Age to the Islamic era. You will view an impressive collection, belonging to different archaeological sites around Jordan. The highlights of this museum are the monumental plaster and reed statues, Ain Ghazal Statues, dating back to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic C period. Impressive, right?! – We must say that this visit much atop your bucket list in Jordan.
Marvel at the Roman Theater
A must-visit attraction, you can’t really miss the preserved Roman Theater, dating back to Antoninus Pius’ reign. This prominent landmark showcases the iconic mix of history and vibrant modern life. As you wander this huge arena, you can view the curved stairs that can take up to 6,000 visitors. This architectural marvel gives you a glimpse of the ancient city, along with its history and culture. Surprisingly, the amphitheater has a unique position, facing the north to shield the spectators from the sun.
You can also visit the Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions and Jordan Folklore Museum, displaying traditional customs, jewelry, fine embroidery, facemasks, and more. This museum will give you an insight into the Jordanian and Palestinian heritage. In summer, you can attend some important cultural events, including concerts and plays, and watch as the ancient theater comes back to life.
Explore the Roman Ruins in Jerash
Let’s go back in time to the Roman Empire at the wondrous ruins in Jerash. The best-preserved city is the greatest testimony to the brilliant architecture and rich history of ancient Jerash. It is a typical Roman city, packed with spectacular sports arenas, temples, and colonnades. You can’t help but picture yourself cheering for your favorite gladiator. Why don’t you check our interesting trip from Amman to Jerash?
Pass through the triumphal Arch of Hadrian that was built to honor the Roman Emperor’s visit to Jerash. As you step inside, prepare to be amazed at what’s ahead. You can explore the famous Hippodrome, a sports arena that dates back to the 2nd century. Watch a magnificent show, depicting an ancient game, with gladiators fights and chariot races. You will find a few columns, standing evidence on Roma’s large public plaza, the Forum. Then, climb the steps up to the Temple of Zeus and you’ll be rewarded with a striking view of the Colonnade Street. Finally, explore the ruins of the Amphitheater, Agora, and the Temple to Artemis, dedicated to Jerash’s patron goddess. Just remember to bring water, sunscreen, and a hat, and don’t forget to tell us which spot is your favorite!
Float at the Dead Sea
You can’t be in Amman and not visit the unique spot of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth!
If you are curious about this bizarre area, it’s just a one-hour drive from Amman. The water there is known for its high alkalinity, with a high concentration of salts and minerals. What makes it significant is; the mud and water are skin-friendly. Known for its healing properties, the mud and water fight aging, skin ailments, and joint problems. You must know that the water of the Dead Sea is so dense. All you can do is; float atop the surface. Just don’t try to dunk your head and avoid getting water into your eyes. While you are there; why don’t you try one of the spas, scattered around the area?!
Day Trips around Jordan
The best thing about visiting Amman is the exciting trips just outside the capital’s borders. Starting from Amman, we can take you on day trips to the most prominent spots throughout Jordan. Book our trip from Amman to the Dead Sea and try the unusual properties of this place. Explore the stunning Rose City, Petra, along with the archaeological sites there. For any information regarding the Petra adventure, check the guide on our trip from Amman to Petra.
Visit Bethany, the Baptism Site of Jesus, as well as the sacred site of Mount Nebo. Get an excellent glimpse of the striking nature at Wadi Mujib, a true paradise for thrill-seekers. Visit the holy town of Madaba and view the mosaic map at St. George Church. If you want to spend some tranquil time on the beach, you find better than the magnificent city of Aqaba.
Get entranced at Ajloun Castle
As a part of your trip from Amman to the Dead Sea, you can have a short stop at the old town of Ajloun. Dominating the rolling hills of northern Jordan, the historical town consists now of small villages, with the highlight of Ajloun Castle. The ancient fortress was built as a protection against the Crusaders attacks, guarding the route between Syria and Egypt. Now, it is standing proudly next to some smaller settlements. Hike up the old gateways and as you wander around the old castle, you will be immediately transferred to a different era. Climb to the top of one of the towers and enjoy the sweeping views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea.
Visit the Desert Castles
From Amman, hit the desert highway and get ready for your next visit as the golden sand stretch out in every direction. Explore the three splendid Desert Castles, Qasr Al-Kharanah, Qasr al-Azraq, and Qasr Amra, dating back to the Umayyad Caliphate. Start your adventure at Qasr Al-Kharanah, explore the castle’s central courtyard, and climb to the ancient rooms. People rush towards this castle to learn more about Lawrence of Arabia, who once stayed there.
Next, stroll up and down Qasr Amra, the only UNESCO Heritage Site. It is famous for its floor-to-ceiling frescoes, described as a “masterpiece of human creative genius.” The paintings and wonderful Islamic art are what make this castle special. You will see detailed paintings, depicting the ancient culture, kings’ lives, and the life journey. You will be stunned by the ancient dome, covered with an accurate painting of the zodiac. End your tour with Qasr al-Azraq, meaning the “Blue Castle,” built by the Mamelukes. This fortress has gained popularity as it houses the only water source within 7,000 square miles. Known for its design and striking color, the huge door, mosques, towers, and courtyards are the highlight of this magnificent castle.
Discover the ruins in Umm Qais
Umm Qais, also known as Gadara, is an ancient Greco-Roman city with an iconic mix of history and natural beauty. According to the Bible, Jesus exorcised demons from two possessed men in the city of Gadara. The 7th-century abandoned Ottoman Town provides wonderful views of Yarmouk River, Golan Heights, and Lake Tiberias. Enjoy the sunrise and feel the morning breeze as you explore the ancient ruins of Decapolis city. Roam the vast area and view the ancient tombs, Colonnades, and Roman Theater, with the green hills complementing the beautiful scenery. While it is not as famous as Jerash and Petra, it is totally worth the visit!
Hit the Vast Desert in Wadi Rum
Get ready for a one-of-kind adventure in the spectacular landscape of Wadi Rum! A day trip from Amman to Wadi Rum must be included in your Jordan’s itinerary. Wadi Rum, the sandstone valley is packed with high cliffs, natural caves, and. narrow canyons, including the 8th-century Khazali Canyon. If you want, you can camp at one of the luxurious glamping and spend the night under the stars. You may recognize this place as it was the location set of the movie, Lawrence of Arabia.
Connect with Nature at Dana Biosphere Reserve
Both tranquil and serene, you can’t miss Jordan’s largest Nature Reserve, Dana Biosphere. It is a fabulous spot to relax, enjoy the green areas, and go for a walk in the stunning weather. If you’re up for an adventure, you can go hiking. There are also plenty of activities, including cycling, stargazing, and bird watching. The place’s ecosystem is awesome, from oak woodlands to the vast desert. Besides, you can have a close encounter with the wildlife such as the Syrian Wolf and Sand Cat. An incomparable breathtaking nature!
Are you ready?!
With so much to see and discover, Jordan is truly a treat for everyone, from nature lovers to history buffs. There is something for everyone, fitting every budget. As you explore the charming city of Amman, you can’t skip the interesting trips, bordering Amman. If you need a pampering experience, why don’t you check our Aqaba Trips and relax by the stunning Red Sea?!