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Roman Amphitheater, Amman

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Dating back to the second century, Roman Amphitheater speaks to the period of Roman rule over Amman, when the city was known as Philadelphia. The construction of the 6,000-seat amphitheater into the hillside at a steep angle kept the sun off spectators and created excellent acoustics, which enabled audience members even at the top seat to hear people in the arena. Today the space, which is located in the heart of downtown, is open to the public and hosts large cultural festivals. Visit the small museum on premises for more information on the site's construction and history. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Amman holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Roman Amphitheater and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Another roman theater. Though well preserved, it is not something that you go to Jordan to see. The med is full of those.  more »
  • Every one have to go there and try to spend some time just setting there Very lovely place and good for photography  more »
  • Great place to visit to see something of the Roman influence on the region. You feel like you are sitting in history. Also gives you a real sense of the importance of the Citadel way above you  more »
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  • It is amazing to see a structure of such beautiful geometric proportion built into the hillside. The Romans must've had pretty good surveyors and builders in those days. Climb up to the upper levels (be careful of the steep steps), take a seat and imagine the performances that have taken place on the stage below so many years ago.
  • A truly impressive spectacle for it's completeness. You can witness the acoustics in action and see just how the Romans grasped the physics behind the sound to create a performance space where 7,000 people could hear someone on stage without any powered amplification. It's mind blowing.
  • Very old roman ruines, a great place to watch concerts
  • Cool remains of an old roman amphitheater. This area is where many people hangout on the weekends because there is a big open square there.
  • This was a stop on our Amman City Tour - it was nice but would have been better if they had left all the lovely trees in front of the theater instead of concrete. The ruins were in fairly good shape and there was a small cultural museum inside. Nothing fancy but worth a quick stop. ***