amman general info, Amman
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Fondest memory: The Dead Sea, and just meeting the most friendly people. I've been to many places but Amman by far had the most helpful and nicest people. The food and music is great too.
You will find some fantastic cuisine in Jordan. Try the national dish of mansaf - lamb cooked in herbs and yoghurt - and enjoy at leat one mezze style meal.
Alcoholic drinks are served in internation hotels and most restaurants. The odd bottle shop - liquor store can be found. Bars and clubs are mostly located around Downtown Amman.
Amman is a mixture between the arabic Middle East and the modern West. Coming from al Quds / Jerusalem I missed an old city but liked the relaxed security situation. Jordans in general but Ammanies in particular are very proud but always polite and friendly people!
Fondest memory: You can theoretically buy very cheap DVD copies in the downtown shopping area - but as it is illegal concerning the international copyright law nobody really does it ;-)
Even if the city itself is quite old, Amman has only recently started to expend geographically. Tha'ts why most of the buidlings are quite recent.
There is a local rule stating that at least 3 faces of a building have to be covered with the local white stones.
However, most of the time they are almost completely built of stones. Neighbours would complain if they have to face a non-stones-covered face, their own house would lose some of its value!!
That's why Ammans is so white and you could admire some wonderful houses...
In biblical times Amman was known as Rabbath Ammon. When it became part of the Roman Empire its name was changed into Philadelphia when part of Roman Empire, only to become Amman when the Empire collapsed. Today Amman is an ever-expanding city: from the 7 hills upon which it was built, it now sreads across 14 of them (if i remember correctly).
Fondest memory: walking around downtown - during the day - or at night - and enjoying the distinctive Middle Eastern flavour of this amazing city
Amman has probably not so many touristic sites than other cities in the region, for example Jerusalem or Damascus. But the city is altough nice and hospitale. It is a great pleasure to walk up on the citadell hill and look to the plenty other hills on which the town is built.
Another not to miss place is the Amphitheater and the souq in the region of the theater
There is a huge flag close to the Raghadan Palace in Amman. The flagpole is 123 meters high and the Flag is 80 square meters..
It is very impressive and can be seen from far aound.