Is the capital and largest city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (population c. 2,5 million). Amman forms a great base for exploring the country and does, in fact, hold a few items of interest to the traveler. The city is generally well-appointed for the traveler and the people are very friendly. Although not seen as much when in the air over Amman, the city holds many surprises for the visitor. Anything can be found in Amman if one asks. Visit Amman's Roman Amphitheatre or study in the University of Jordan or stay in the luxurious Marriott. Malls are abundant in Jordan. With new construction in Abdali, in a few years the traveler could eat in the most high-end restaurant, study in the American University of Jordan, stay in a five star hotel or shop in massive malls, all a few meters from one another. Amman is experiencing a massive change from a quiet sleepy village to a bustling metropolis. Amman's roads have had a reputation of being very steep and narrow in some of the underdeveloped parts of the city but now the city has state of the art highways and paved avenues. New resorts and hotels dot the city and there are many things for the traveler to see and do.
Use Amman as a staging point for travels to nearby. Although the capital of a diverse kingdom, Amman is not what one would call "packed" with things to see, making it a great gateway to explorations further afield. Even so, the city does hold a few items of historical and cultural interest:
1. The Roman Theatre.
2. A Roman-era Nymphaeum.
3. An Ammonite-era watchtower.
4. The Citadel (Jabal al-Qal'a), located in the centre of both ancient and modern Amman. the Temple of Heracles - Roman period remains, the Byzantine Church - dating to the 5th-6th centuries ,the Umayyad Palace - situated in the northern portion of the Citadel, entrance JD2. Offers a great view of Amman.
5. The National Archaeological Museum - situated on the Citadel, the museum is a small but interesting collection of antiquities from all over Jordan including some of the fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.