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Amman is the capital and crown jewel of Jordan, full of culture, historical landmarks, and delicious food. With so much to do, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Luckily, we have a few suggestions. Here are a few must-see spots in Amman.
History buffs will have a field day in the Citadel, which contains a number of remarkably well-preserved landmarks from across time, such as the remains of a Roman Temple of Hercules, an Umayyad Palace, and an old Byzantine Church. Marvel at the massive marble hand resting in the Temple of Hercules or observe many more archaeological artifacts in the Jordan Museum of Archaeology, which is also located in the Citadel.
King Abdullah Mosque
This magnificent, blue-colored mosque is a marvel of Middle Eastern architecture. Both its exterior and its interior are colorful and ornate, making beautiful use of mosaic patterns and it is still used for religious purposes, housing up to 3,000 worshippers at once. Tourists are allowed to visit, but they are expected to adhere to a strict dress code, meaning no shorts for men and head, arms, and legs covered for women.
Another famous site, Rainbow Street is probably the best place in Amman for shopping and dining. Rainbow Street is lined with shops that sell delicious selections of falafel, shawarma, and even desserts like gelato or the local delicacy known as knafeh. After your stomach is full, you can browse the market for items crafted by local artisans.