Roman Theatre, Amman

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    The Theatre
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    The Roman Theatre

    by MiguelMV Written Jan 9, 2006

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    Roman theatre, view from the hill in front of it.
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    Downtown, in the very centre of Amman's old town, there's the Roman Theatre. Built between 169 and 177 A.D., it has room for 6000 people. It is very well preserved, though it has gone through some restoration process. It is surrounded by some other roman vestiges, and by the thousands of small houses that cope Amman's downtown.

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    The Columns of the Forum

    by MiguelMV Written Jan 8, 2006

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    Me at Amman's roman forum
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    Next to the roman theatre, there are still some vestiges of the forum and the cardo maximus (the main street in a roman city). The colums that remain take you for some moments to the ancient roman times. It's nice to have a walk around the area.

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    Roman Theatre

    by Blatherwick Updated Aug 22, 2005
    Roman Theatre

    The Roman theatre in Amman is the largest theatre in Jordan with room for 6,000 spectators. Thought to have been built between AD 138 and AD 161 by the Roman Emperor Antonius Pius, it is built into the side of the mountain and is still used for sport displays and cultural events.

    A row of columns immediately to the north of the theatre is all that's left of the Forum that was once one of the largest public squares. To the east stands the Odeon which served mainly as a venue for musical performances.

    Two cultural museums form part of the complex: the Jordan Folklore Museum, which has exhibits on traditional life, and the Museum of Popular Traditions with traditional costumes and mosaics from 4th to 6th century Jordan churches.

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    Folklore Museum

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jun 28, 2005

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    Folklore Museum

    On the right side of the Roman theatre there is the entrance to the Folklore Museum. In this museum you can find many oblects used in the daily life of Jordanian people like a Beduin tend, carpets and more.

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    Folklore Museum

    by Djinn76 Written Dec 27, 2004

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    Still with the same 500fils ticket, you can visit as well two small museums. The first one presents traditional clothes from the area. The second one presents some objects typical of the day to day life and reproduces scenes of the traditional life: Bedouin caravan, village’s house, local artwork,…

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    The Odeon

    by Djinn76 Written Dec 27, 2004

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    I’d be ready to bet lots of tourists are not aware of it but with the same ticket, you can visit as well, the Odeon. Indeed you can easily miss this tiny theatre. Located between the huge theatre and the forum, it has been built in the beginning of the 2nd century.

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    The Roman theatre

    by Djinn76 Written Dec 27, 2004

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    This is the more spectacular remaining of the old Philadelphia (the name Amman was given during the Hellenistic period by Ptolemy Philadelphius in honour of his sister-wife Arsinoe Philadelphia).
    Built in the 2nd century, it could contain 6000 spectators.
    Quite impressive this is definitely worth the 500fils (0.5 JD) you pay to enter. Small warning, this is closed quite early : at 4pm on a Saturday (in september)

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    Roman Theatre

    by freya_heaven Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Roman Theatre, Amman

    This is the other side of the Roman Theatre ( rather similar to the first (~_~)! )

    Productions are still occasionally put on here, we visited early evening and as you can see local Ammanians go there to meet and catch the last of the days sun

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    The Old Amman

    by Musabah Written Aug 24, 2003

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    The city Rabbah Ammon had its origins in the period about 1500 BC, and was important as the chief city of the Ammonites. In the 3rd century BC the Egyptian king Ptolemy Philadelphus captured it and renamed it Philadelphia, under which name it was known throughout the eras of the Roman and Byzantine empires. Many ruins of this period can be seen in Amman today. In the 1st century AD it was a leading city of the Roman province of Arabia. Lost to the Byzantines at the rise of Islam and subsequently conquered by Arabs in the 7th century, the city fell into decline by about 1300, again taking its former name, Rabbah Ammon. It was revived in the 20th century. An important Turkish base during World War I, it was taken from the Turks by the British in September 1918. Amman became the capital of newly independent Jordan in 1946.

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    the amphitheatre

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 10, 2002

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    the amphitheatre

    Amman's Roman amphitheatre is downtown - and it's the most important sight in town. It's a huge theatre which once could seat 6000 people. On the amphitheatre's ground there's also 2 small but quite interesting museums: the Museum of Popular Tradition and the Folklore Museum.
    Inside it's an oasis of peace: not many tourists but plenty of people sitting down and enjoying a good book

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    Visit the Odeon theatre near...

    by carolineraat Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Visit the Odeon theatre near the Amfitheatre
    The Odeon theatre was used for music and small performances. It is much smaller than the large theatre, but surely more intimate as well. The Odeon in Amman is completely intact!

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    Ampitheatre

    by stevemt Written Jun 18, 2010
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    Go have a look here, the theatre is in the throes of being repaired as I write, but you can still get in and visit.

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    More of Rome

    by boltonian Written Nov 11, 2009

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    Amman Theatre

    In the middle of Downtown is a huge Roman Theatre. 1JD to enter and clib the steep steps.

    Great place to sit and watch the city go by.

    Also 2 small museums on the site

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    The roman theater.

    by cachaseiro Written Apr 6, 2009

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    The roman theater in Amman.

    Amman has a nice roman theater that is well preserved.
    It is still on occasions used for performances.
    I's located right in the center of the downtown and is open during daytime hors for visitors.

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    Amman Roman Theater

    by freya_heaven Updated May 13, 2004

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    Roman theatre, Amman

    This impresive and restored Roman Theater is believed to have been built in the 2nd century AD during the time of Antonious Pius and seated up to 6000 people.

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