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Roman Amphitheater, Amman

Roman Amphitheater Overview

One of the prominent landmarks in the city of Amman, Roman Amphitheatre is one of the monuments belonging to the pre-historic era, which attracts many foreign tourists. Its restoration began in the year 1957 and made the place what it is today. Although the original materials could not be used for the rebuilding, yet the Amphitheatre stands as a beautiful piece of architecture.

History
Today’s Amman was once the Roman city of Philadelphia. It is believed that the amphitheater was built in 2nd century AD during the rule of Antonius Pius (AD 138–61).

Structure
It had been carved from the north of a hill to keep sunlight off the spectators. The theatre is built in traditional Roman style architecture, with semi-circular rows having stone bench seating. It can chair around 6000 people in its three sections- the ones closest to the stage was for the rules, the middle section for the military and the last one was for the general public.

Presently
Tourist can visit this location in downtown Amman at any time. Cultural and sports events are occasionally held here. The best time to come here for photographers is early morning when the sun bestows a soft light. The view of sunset is beautiful from the top-tier.

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