Amman, the capital of Jordan is a unique blend of Old and New, situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. Explore the Jordan Museum — Discover the history and cultural heritage of Jordan at this national museum that tells the ongoing story of Jordan’s past, present, and future. Amman was known as Rabboth Ammon in the Old Testament and Philadelphia in the New Testament. The Citadel, a historical site in the center of the country’s capital, stands tall atop one of the seven hills that originally comprised the city, it is where King David sent Uriah the Hittite to meet his death.
It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world: there is evidence of people living there since the Neolithic period. The hill later became the capital of the Biblical Kingdom of Ammon, and was later occupied by Babylonians, Ptolemies, Seleucids, Romans, Byzantines, and the Ummayads.
Today, the remains of the uncompleted Roman temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church, and a Ummayad Palace can be still visited.