Amman, Jordan, the city the Romans called ‘Philadelphia,’ is a spectacular conglomeration of white buildings spread over some 19 hillsides.
At the center of the old town is a well-preserved Roman ampitheater, still used today for plays and concerts.
Just up the hill are remains of the Roman citadel which includes columns of the Temple of Hercules, built to honor Marcus Aurelius (one of the good Roman emperors who lived from 161 to 180 and, coincidentally, died in Vienna).
Jordan’s Archaeological Museum holds a number of interesting items, including kidskin fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls,
fine examples of elegant Islamic arts,
as well as this two-headed statue found in 1983 at Ain Ghazal and dated to the Early Neolithic period 8000 - 6000 B.C. and thought to be “the earliest statues ever done throughout human civilization.” The guide thought the statue bore a resemblance to Michael Jackson.
One of the shops we saw as we drove back to our hotel was this one offering fresh sugarcane juice for sale.