Amman and the North.
After breakfast (Jordanian coffee is not cool) this morning we left the city and headed for the north to Ajloun and Jerash, where ruins of Roman cities remain.
Ajloun, originally the site of a monastery which fell to ruin during the crusades in 1184. Later rebuilt by two muslim chaps into a castle in order to protect the kingdom from further invasion.
Then we went on to Jerash, a well preserved ancient city full of temples, amphetheatres and churches, evidence suggesting its existence to be dated back as far 16OOBC. There’s even a hippodrome where chariot races would have taken place. Strangely enough there were two men playing bagpipes in the south theatre today. It’s suprising this place isn’t more famous.
A stroll back in Amman Downtown led us to a Roman theatre, built in 169AD for the emporer. It’s just sat there on the main road, with shops and hotels either side, blending into the scenery.