Jordan
Amman

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  • Day19

    Amman

    December 24, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We stayed here for two nights. It was fun exploring Amman and seeing the culture of the place. We went and visited Rainbow Street which is their dining and shopping street although most places were closed. We also went and found Zalatimo’s which is an arabic sweet shop.

  • Day21

    Afternoon in Amman

    July 20, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We left Petra at 10.30am for the drive to Amman on the Desert Highway. The name is quite descriptive, a couple of small towns where the speed humps force you to slow down to about 60kph, but apart from that, nothing but sand and trucks (and the occasional flock of sheep and goats being herded across the road).

    First stop in Amman was the Blue Mosque - it probably has a proper name, but it's massive blue dome is a focal point in the city. We both had to robe up for the the visit, which was self guided.

    We then made the short drive to the Citadel, an ancient site on top of the largest hill, affording 360° views of the city. Entrance fee was 3JD each ($6) and 25JD ($50) for the optional guided tour - our driver had already advised against taking the (very persistent) offer of a guide - there is ample signage to make sense of everything without a guide.

    Abed then dropped us downtown for a 2km walk back to the hotel via the city centre. Given the traffic it was probably quicker to walk, and it was a great way to experience the buzz and noise of the city on a "Friday" night (the weekend here is Fri and Sat).

    After a fresh juice and some shopping in the main street we stopped at Jerusalem Restaurant for tea, grabbed a quick cache on the way home, then had a pleasant walk back to the hotel, arriving at dusk.
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  • Day4

    Jour 3 : Dana, Shobak, Little Petra

    October 15, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Après une rude nuit de moustique et de matelas raide on se lève à 7h30 pour prendre le petit dej au "restaurant" et pour un départ en rando à 8h30.
    Au final ça sera 9h30. En attendant on profite des chiens adorables de Wared (le fameux guide). Puis on grimpe dans une voiture qui nous dépose au milieu de nulle part et c'est parti pour 4h de randonnée! Depuis notre retour d'Amérique du Sud nous n'avions pas randonné donc ça fait du bien de renouer avec la nature. Le décor est très joli, au lever ou au coucher du soleil ça doit être encore plus beau! La communication avec Wared est très basique mais il nous prépare un thé au milieu de ce désert aride à base d'une plante cueillie sur le chemin. Expérience bédouine! On croise quelques lézards et quelques oiseaux.

    Puis une voiture nous attend. A bord Ramsir, un cousin de Ahmad. Il nous ramène au village prendre nos affaires.... sauf que la route est en travaux du coup on ne passe qu'à une voiture et le bus en face de nous ne veut pas faire demi tour... Ramsir non plus. 10 minutes plus tard le bus recule suffisamment pour qu'on passe. On charge nos sacs et on quitte Dana.

    Direction Shobak, un autre château du désert. On crapahute partout, on a une belle vue sur la vallée où on grignotte le picnic désastreux de Wared et où on nourrit finalement un bébé chat! L'heure sur place passe très vite.

    Il est maintenant temps de rejoindre Little Petra. On ne sait pas à quoi s'attendre.... dès les premiers mètres on tombe sur une porte taillée dans la roche et on est ébahis... on en oublierait presque de continuer la ballade. Mais on voit les gens revenir du canyon sans un regard vers la porte. Alors on file et on découvre plusieurs façades taillées et creusées dans la pierre tout le long du canyon. On peut entrer partout en libre accès c'est hallucinant de pouvoir toucher toute cette beauté qui a plus de 2000 ans!!! On va jusqu'au bout du canyon admirer la vue sur la vallée qui continue et on se résigne à faire demi tour jusqu'à la voiture.

    Ramsir nous dépose alors à l'hôtel à Wadi Musab (la ville proche du site de Petra). On fait rapidement la connaissance de nos futurs compagnons de voyage: deux couples de français Quentin & Estelle et Virginie & Sylvain. Le dîner est inclus pour nous à l'hôtel. Du coup douche, dîner, dodo.
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  • Day5

    Amman Citadel

    October 9, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    After visiting Little Petra, we continue north on the Kings Highway over high mountains, until we reach a vast open plain. Turning east we re-join the multi-lane Desert Highway north to Amman.

    After dropping my bags at the hotel, and saying goodbye to Hassan the driver and Hakan the guide, I take a taxi into the centre of Amman. First up is the Citadel.

    This historic fortress, the Amman Citadel, is located on top of Jabal al-Qal’a, the highest of the seven hills around which the city was built (jabal means ‘mountain’, qal’a ‘castle’).

    The citadel boasts a diverse range of previous inhabitants, including Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, as well as Umayyad and Ayyubid dynasties. The first signs of human occupation found by archaeologists date back to the Middle Bronze Age (1650-1550 BC). At that time, the hill top was most likely occupied with either a fortress or an agora (a public space for arts, sports and politics). You can trace the great ancient civilizations through the remnants of a Roman Hercules Temple, a Byzantine church, and a spectacular Umayyad palace, as well as many other ruins and fragments. I also visited the Jordan Archaeological Museum, where many excavated artifacts are preserved, including both every day items such as pottery, and the finer things of life such as jewels and statues.

    From the citadel’s vantage point, situated atop the highest hill in Amman, you can see far out in every direction across the beautiful city. As you look west, the tallest freestanding flag in the world flies proudly in the wind, and at the foot of the hill the amphitheater and downtown Amman buzz with life.
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  • Day5

    Amman Roman Theatre and Downtown Amman

    October 9, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Under Roman rule, Amman was chosen as the glittering capital of the Roman Empire, but the city was then called Philadelphia, after its Ptolemaic ruler, Philadelphus.

    The theatre was built in the period 138-161 CE, which dates back to the reign of Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. The sole centrepiece of the city it was designed to be northerly-oriented, to keep the sun off its spectators, and could seat up to 6,000 people on its steep stairs.

    Like any other Roman Theatre in the world, it was constructed upon the same three building blocks: the cavea, the orchestra and the scaenae frons. The cavea is the seating space that contained the largest number of spectators. The highest rank was known as ‘the gods’; although far from the stage, this section offered a good view, thanks to the lofty position and steepness of the stairs. The orchestra is the area directly in front of the stage, reserved for VIPs to ensure they didn’t miss a split second of the action. The two stories rising from the stage upwards are the saenae fons, and were used as a backstage space.

    The spectators were intentionally separated by status, gender and nationality. The Romans had major control over the social hierarchy, and it was illustrated in all their archaeological works later on. The government of Jordan started restoring the theatre in 1957.

    Downtown Amman is the heart of the city and sits in the middle of the surrounding seven hills, which originally made up this metropolis. There is a fruit and vegetable market, where you will find vendors singing to entice shoppers to their stall.

    Many open shopfronts sell everything from clothing and antiques to gold and smaller trinkets. There are the six main streets – Prince Mohammad, King Talal, Quraysh, Al-Salt, Al-Hashemi and Basman, each have their own speciality when it comes to the goods for sale. King Talal has handmade goods, carpets and fabrics and Al-Hashemi for an assortment of souvenir stalls.

    I visit the extremely popular Habibah Sweets. They make and sell kanafeh, which consists of mild white cheese and shredded wheat surface, which is covered by sugar syrup, delicious!
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  • Day11

    Jordan

    October 17, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    What an eventful day! It started at 3am this morning when we were roused from our sleep by a wake-up call so that we could be on the bus at 5am for our journey to Cairo's airport. Our flight to Amman, Jordan departed at 9.15am so we had plenty of time to get through the four security check points & two pat downs before we boarded the plane (with plain clothes security guards) for the 1.5 hour flight. In hindsight, this should have been our first red flag on how strict Jordan is on those visiting the country...
    We arrived safely at just after 9.30am local time & proceeded through customs (& more security check points) to the baggage carousel. Now the fun begins....Pauly's bag, along with a number of other tour members' luggage did not arrive on the carousel.... After discussions with Jordanian Security Forces, the bags were located but further inspection & questioning was required...Almost 3 hours later, & after segregation & questioning (via translator), Pauly was freed to us with his secured contraband item, for which a refundable fee of $54JD ($115AUD) was required. We have been told that the fee will be refunded to us at the Israeli border on Thursday, upon which our binoculars shall also be freed from their secure, plastic prison 😂...Second lesson learnt on this trip - don't carry binoculars into Jordan; ever!
    After all of the excitement at the airport, we were then on our way to the hotel (beautiful, by the way) before heading out to the ancient Amman Citadel (built around the time of Alexander the Great). Most of the buildings still visible at the site are from the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods. The major buildings at the site are the Temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church, and the Umayyad Palace. This stop also provided incredible picture opportunities of the beautiful city of Amman.
    By the time we finished & had navigated our way back through traffic to the hotel (imagine traffic being slightly less crazy than Cairo, but a whole lot more scary! - I am not sure that driving tests are compulsory in Jordan, before being issued a licence...), we were well & truly worn out & enjoyed an early night with dinner in bed at our beautiful accommodation - Olive Tree Hotel.
    Tomorrow we meet the Australian Ambassador to Jordan & Jordanian dignataries for a wreath laying ceremony at Es Salt before we board a restored WWI steam train, from Amman's famous Hejaz Station, for a journey to Zizah Station, where a very important event occured in relation to the Middle East campaign in WWI...
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  • Day12

    Jordan

    October 18, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    After a wonderful 8 hour sleep at our hotel in Amman, we awoke refreshed & ready for another big day. We had a special tour organised for us in the morning on a steam train from Amman's Hedjaz Station to Zizah Station, the latter of which was significant for our Light Horse troops in WWI, as it was here where they helped protect the Turks in the region against the Bedouin tribes who would have slaughtered them if they surrendered to the Aussies. The incident was known as the Zizah Farce.
    We were extremely privilaged to have been given the opportunity to ride on this train as it is very rare that it operates. Needless to say we drew crowds of locals who greeted us all with with lots of curiosity, smiles & waves. We saw many things of interest whilst on the one hour journey, including the old city's viaduct (from Roman times) & Bedouin communities in the arid countryside.
    After lunch we took a special journey to Es Salt's Turkish Memorial where we held a special wreath laying ceremony in honour of the fallen Turkish troops who battled here in 1918. The grounds of the memorial site contained a cave that was discovered in 1953 that held the bodies of 300 Turkish soldiers. It had been beautifully restored & made for a poignant display. We were privileged to have Colonel Christopher Buxton from the Australian Defence Attache in attendance, as well as the Turkish Ambassador to Jordan, the latter of whom was deeply moved, as this was the first time any Australian group had honoroured the fallen Turkish soldiers here. It was a very special moment that we were able to share in.
    As an added bonus today, we witnessed a police motorcade escorting Australia's Govenor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, from the airport - he had just arrived in Amman for trade talks. Our group leaders, & the Consulate staff had tried in vain to have him join us, but unfortunately his time was limited. Apparantly, he was most upset at the missed opportunity.
    We are off to Israel tomorrow where we should be at the border crossing by 9.30am; then the fun will begin again for Pauly & those dastardly binoculars....
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  • Day1

    Qasr Al-Kharrana, Jordanien

    October 22, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    Qasr Kharana (arabisch قصر خرّانة, DMG Qaṣr Ḫarrāna), bisweilen auch als Qasr al-Harrana, Qasr al-Kharanah, Kharaneh oder Hranehbezeichnet, ist das bekannteste und eines der besterhaltenen Wüstenschlösser Jordaniens, einer Anzahl von kleinen Kastellen und Festungen, die im östlichen Teil des Landes verstreut zu finden sind. Sein Standort befindet sich etwa 60 km östlich der Hauptstadt Amman und in relativer Nähe zur saudi-arabischen Grenze im Gouvernement Amman. Aufgrund der sichtbaren Einflüsse sassanidischerArchitektur zusammen mit einigen Graffiti in einem der oberen Räume ist zu vermuten, dass es bereits im späteren 7. Jahrhundert erbaut wurde. Es ist somit eines der frühesten Beispiele für die Islamische Architektur in dieser Region.Read more

  • Day5

    Amman, Jordanien

    October 26, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

    Die König-Abdullah-Moschee ist eine bedeutende Moschee in Amman, Jordanien. Die Moschee wurde zwischen 1982 und 1986 im Auftrag von König Hussein I. gebaut und nach seinem Großvater Abdallah ibn Husain I., dem Emir und ersten König von Jordanien, benannt.

  • Day5

    Zitadellenhügel Amman

    October 26, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    Herkules-Tempel

    161-166 n.Chr.
    Dieser große Tempel war einer der höchsten römischen Gottheiten gewidmet. Wegen der Entdeckung gigantischer Fragmente einer Marmorstatue wurde er Herkules zugeschrieben. Herkules war der Sohn des Zeus und einer sterblichen Frau (Alkmene) und bekannt für seine übernatürliche physische Stärke. Herkules ist auch auf römischen Münzen dargestellt, die in der damals Philadelphia genannten Stadt geprägt wurden.
    Der Tempel stand inmitten eines riesigen, von Säulenhallen umgebenen Temenos (heiliger Bezirk). Er war auf einem extra dafür gebauten Steinpodium positioniert, damit er unten von der Stadt aus gesehen werden konnte. Man nimmt an, dass er über einem früheren Tempel für den ammonitischen Gott Milkom errichtet wurde.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Amman Governorate, Amman, محافظة عمّان

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