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The Umayyad Palace, Amman

The huge Umayyad Palace complex stretches over the northern part of the Citadel hill in Amman. It was partially built on pre-existing Roman structures, and an entire colonnaded Roman street was incorporated into it. Built around AD 720, when Amman was a provincial capital, the complex combined the residential quarters of the governor of Amman with administrative offices. Its life span was short - it was destroyed by an earthquake in AD 749 and was never fully rebuilt. The same hill has the Temple of Hercules on the eastern side. See the palace inside out.

 

Jordan has a pleasant surprise for you waiting around every corner - stylish chic & cool Amman, the best preserved Roman city (Jerash) with a gladiator show, Islamic hedonism in desert citadels, floating on the Dead sea caked in black mud followed by champagne breakfast, crazy mosaics, huge crusader castles, the dramatic reveal of the Treasury in candlelight @ Petra by night and/but the mesmerizing mysterious Monastery around the mountain peak being the true highlight of Petra ... As they say, if you like what you see, look a little further and you might get more!

 

Check out the whole set - Experience Jordan.

 

#176 on Explore.

 

Amman, Jordan

2010

 

Arjun Purkayastha • travel & fine art photography •

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Taken on February 13, 2010