Churches, Amman

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  • Latin (Catholic) Church, Aug 2008
    Latin (Catholic) Church, Aug 2008
    by MM212
  • Coptic Patriarchate
    Coptic Patriarchate
    by mikey_e
  • A closer view of the church
    A closer view of the church
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    Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate

    by mikey_e Written Nov 22, 2012

    In the 1930s, Jordan was about 30% Christian. Today, the country that is home to a number of important Christian sites, counts less than 10% of its population as Christians. Nevertheless, the fact that Christianity has been present in Jordan, and the Middle East, since its birth means that there is a plethora of sects that exist indigenously in the country. This church across from King Abdullah I Mosque in central Amman is home to the Patriarchate of Orthodox Copts. I was intrigued by it, as I was only aware of the Coptic Church being established in Egypt, not in other parts of the Middle East. Given that the building is obviously a new construction, I would imagine that it services, in part, the Egyptian diaspora in the city, in addition to any indigenous community.

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    Churches of Amman

    by MM212 Updated Sep 14, 2008

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    Roughly 5% or 6% of Jordan's native population is Christian. While the majority of them are Greek Orthodox, smaller communities of many other sects are also represented. Although Christians are a minority, Jordan guarantees them full religious rights and equality with the majority Sunni Moslem population. A large portion of Jordan's Christians live in Amman, thus there are several prominent churches in the centre of the city, including those in the attached photographs. Like many other cities in the Levant, it is not unusual in Amman to see mosques and churches built side-by-side.

    Latin (Catholic) Church, Aug 2008 Coptic and Greek Orthodox Churches, Aug 2008 Greek Orthodox Church, Jan 2011 Jan 2011

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    Christian Churches

    by Djinn76 Written Jan 16, 2005

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    Jordan is not exclusively an Islamic country. If the majority of the inhabitants are Muslims, there is also a Christian minority. Even if the mosques are everywhere it is not surprising to discover some churches from time to time.
    For example the Abdali bus station is quite close from the huge Abdullah mosque. However this huge building is not part of the landscape, instead, this big church on top of a small hill is what will catch your eyes.
    I ignore the name of this particular church; it is relatively new and much less impressive once you are at the bottom.

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    Coptic Orthodox Church

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 22, 2005

    During the Byzantine period, Amman (then known as Philadelphia) was the seat of a Christian Bishop, and several churches were built. 6% of the people of Jordan are Christian.

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