Downtown Amman

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Downtown Amman (Arabic: البلد‎‎, al-Balad)[1] is the old commercial area of Amman, Jordan.

History[edit]

The Balad is the oldest section of the city, being the one that was originally inhabited during the Neolithic period around 6500 B.C.[2] The seven jabals, or hills, around it were occupied during the same time and formed the perimeter of the young city, most notably the Citadel atop Citadel Hill.

Sites[edit]

Downtown Amman is made up of a myriad of souq[2] markets and independently owned businesses. The area's long history leaves a large number of historical sites, such as the Amman Citadel with the Umayyad Palace, the Hashemite Plaza with the Roman Theatre and the Odeon, and the Roman Nymphaeum.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amman". Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Amman on the Hills". Retrieved 2008-06-11.