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Two days in Amman

The Jordanian capital is young in Middle Eastern terms, but there’s a historic core to its 20th-century neighbourhoods. If you’re on your way to Petra or the Red Sea, don’t overlook Amman’s lesser-known charms.
The remains of the Roman-era Temple of Hercules at the Citadel
COMPILED BY RORY GOULDING, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PAUL CLAMMER. PHOTOGRAPHS: PAOLO GIOCOSO/SIME/4CORNERS, JOCHENTACK/ALAMY

SIGHTS Citadel

(Jebel Al Qala’a)

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The area known as the Citadel sits on Amman’s highest hill, built up over the Bronze and Iron Ages, and the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods. There’s plenty to see: the most striking sights are the Temple of Hercules – with its two giant standing pillars and a remnant of a huge stone hand – and the Ummayad Palace, dating from around AD 720.

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