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Amman Roman Theater

Once the heart of Amman, this 2,000 year old amphitheater still inspires awe and highlights the genius of Roman engineering and design.

The Roman Theater is one of the most impressive attractions in Amman. The, steeply raked amphitheater features incredible acoustics, an ingenious design and a seating capacity for approximately 6,000 people. It’s easy to be awed by the sheer immensity of the space and the thought of crowds gathering here nearly 2,000 years ago. 

The Roman influence in Amman is everywhere you look. The walk to the amphitheater will take you along the remains of a Roman street and past the Corinthian colonnade. In the fourth century, a marketplace was held here between the theater and the street. 

It is believed that the Roman Theater was built in the second century during the reign of Antoninus Pius. The theater is built into the northern face of a hill. This means it has an ideal orientation for light; during the day the sunlight hits the stage but is kept out of the eyes of the spectators. 

Walk through the side entrances into the orchestra and onto the stage. Stand in the middle of the stage and hear your voice resound across the auditorium. The amphitheater’s acoustics are superb. In the rooms behind the entrances you will find the Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions and on the other side, the Amman Folklore Museum. 

The seating of the theater is divided into three horizontal sections. The highest point of the theater is known as “The Gods.” Behind the seats is a small shrine believed to have honored the goddess Athena. 

The Roman Theater has been restored and today it is a place for entertainment and socializing. The two museums charge a nominal admission and opening hours vary depending on the season. The theater is located in Hashmi Street in central Amman. Visit during the morning to take photographs when the light is softest, retreat here by day to escape the bustle of Amman, or come by night to see the stage dramatically lit with floodlights.


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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      105 Al Hashemi Street, Amman
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        The Amman Pasha Hotel $45
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            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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