Amman

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Amman, the Capital of Jordan and the ancient capital of the ammonites, known in the ancient times as Rabbath Ammon (Old Testament). The name is the assimilation of the old Biblical Ammon.

After the conquests of Alexander the great and the establishment of the Greek states in Syria and Egypt – the Seleucids and the Ptolemaic - Amman was reestablished by the Ptolemaic ruler Philadelphius, who gave it his name Philadelphia in the 3rd century B.C.

 The Arab Muslim expansion through Syria marked another era for the city and the name Ammon was returned to it again in 634 AD. It was the center of the Jordan district designated by the Umayyad caliphate of Damascus and an administrative center was established on the hill known now as the Citadel of Amman which also includes the remains of the Hercules temple which dates back to the 2nd century AD. at a time when it was counted as one of the famous Decapolis cities of eastern Rome.

Today you can walk in the down town Amman and with buildings surrounding you dating back to early 20th century. Narrow shops, old markets, atmospheric old cafes and restaurants. You’ll be smelling aromas of Arabian Incense, Shisha, and street food. But perhaps the best thing about Amman is its people. Jordanians are very hospitable and friendly. 

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