Betsey and I are in Amman, the Capitol of Jordan with a population of about 4,000,000. The earliest period of occupation was during Neolithic times, followed by the Greeks, then Romans, but the city was abandoned during the medieval period. The current city was built from ancient ruins during the late 19th century and has since become a thriving economic center. The city is beige, built of limestone with lots of new construction taking place.
Many of the new buildings incorporate blue glass in interesting ways.
We visited the Citadel located in the middle of the city. It started out as a Greek settlement and then was expanded on by the Romans. Later the Byzantines occupied it and then the Christian Crusaders.
We visited the Temple of Hercules and the Roman Amphitheater which seats 5000 and is used today for various events.
We also visited the monumental gateway to the 8th century Umayyard Palace.
In the archaeological museum I discovered these clay figures that date to about 8000 BC. I find them delightful!
We also explored the market area in the heart of Amman where Betsey bought a “Rolex” for $4.50. She then had to return to the vender to get it repaired!
We saw very ornately decorated dresses in shops before visiting the produce and food market.
For lunch we visited Hashem Restaurant, a very popular Jordanian fast food restaurant. It is well known because the King visits the establishment.
The restaurant does a thriving business serving pita bread with several types of hummus. We also had crusty falafel – all wonderfully delicious.
Then we went to a place that serves sweets and had kunafeh, baked cheese with a crunchy topping of sugar and nuts. Not much to look at, but really yummy!
Lots more to come….