IMPORTANT NOTE: This newspaper was made on the v1 of this website, when we wrote only and exclusively for the family, so it is not as complete as the rest. However, you will find much more information about Jordan in the travel guide to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan from 2009
Today the group has been completed, 2 new arrivals from Barcelona, a couple of 40 years have joined. We are already 6, the guide and the driver. This will be our travel group. We will start the day by visiting the capital.
Amman It is not a particularly beautiful city. It is simply a typical Arab city with more than 1.2 million inhabitants, antithesis of the great Roman roads and its layout in squares. Here everything is on top of everything, and even quite dirty or full of sand that gives it that look. Even if you hurry me, removing the souk from the center (far from the idea we have of a souk), the Roman citadel and theater and the King Hussein mosque, it doesn't have much to do. (The following photo is taken from the wikipedia)
The Roman citadel and the Roman theater They are possibly the highlight of the city. The citadel houses Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Umayyad remains. The theater is the best preserved piece of the ancient Roman city of Philadelphia on which Amman grew up. It was built in the S.II and had the capacity to house more than 5000 people
In Amman new modern neighborhoods coexist in new urbanizations west of the city (as well as the guide teaches and explains) with the traditional messy Arab style and the center souk. Before leaving the city, we pass through the King Hussein Mosque located in the center. It goes without saying that the feeling of security in Amman is total and walking along the street is very quiet. As on the 12th we will have part of the morning and afternoon for Amman we leave the souk for that day and set course for Jerash, stopping before in the historical and biblical Jacob river, which flows into the Jordan River. In the bible this river served as a border for the land of the children of Ammon.
Jerash, named after the ancient city of Decapolis and located north of Amman, is one of the most impressive and best preserved Roman ruins in the Middle East. Jerash already existed in prehistoric times but after passing multiple civilizations it was with the Romans when it reached its full splendor. In 614 the decline of the city began with the Persian invasion, but it was in 746 when a great earthquake destroyed much of the city. This is Jerash ...
Just after crossing the wall appears before our eyes the Forum, a magnificent oval square of 90 m. long by 80 wide bounded by 56 columns of Ionic style, this being one of the distinctive icon images of the ruins.
We line the Cardo Maximus, the old main street where the marks left by the Roman carriages are still visible on the cobbled floor by repeatedly circulating on it. To the side and side there are numerous columns and remains of buildings.
In the background we distinguish the north access to the enclosure, in this case through the North Gate. However, after passing the beautiful Northern tetrapylon (the most preserved), we turn left to visit the North Theater where we take the opportunity to take a break.
Today I finished more tired because the enclosure is large, but it must be recognized that the visit to "the Pompeii of the East" has been worth it, a real pimp. From here and after lunch, we head to the hotel where we all managed to get out. Today we had dinner at a famous tourist restaurant in Amman, the Tawaheen Al-Hawa. The spicy sauces on that round table are going to end my hard stomach… although I will endure, hehehe
Different stews and sauces are arranged along a round table that turns. Salads, lamb meat, pita bread, a kind of vegetable buds, fried chickpeas ... The day is over and tomorrow we leave Amman to continue our route to the South. Ready suitcase and ... !! to the bed !!. More tomorrow. Family, I am perfectly, do not worry.
Isaac, from Amman (Jordan)