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. Use our Amman trip itinerary builder to visit Roman Amphitheater on your trip to Amman, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Roman Amphitheater is a very well maintained monument where usually events take place. We got there by night but the view was really good and the atmosphere was really calm! Don’t miss it if you’r...  more »
  • one of the most beautiful monument in Amman, besides it's the 1st thing they had visited, very well preserved for her age: p a panoramic view of the city from the top! the night it is illuminated by the projector, which gives another charm!
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  • Very well preserved and maintained a Roman-era Amphitheater. At night, there's a very nice image for good lighting but in the city a little suffocated. We are the children of the Mediterranean, such as not a very exciting place (much nicer than our country full of examples) is an exciting place for tourists. Honors Hall
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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. ***  

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Amman accommodations sit at all points on the spectrum, and you'd expect nothing less from a capital as diverse and eclectic as this. The more budget-friendly options, in the form of simple hotels, guesthouses, and hostels, lie predominantly in the downtown area, with the narrow, maze-like streets housing countless accommodations around each corner and over each hill. If you're looking for something a little more luxurious and with calmer surroundings, then the business districts to the northeast represent the best places to look, with high-rise chain hotels jostling for position along the main shopping streets and next to scenic parks and plazas.
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