This amphitheater that dates back more than two thousand years, once held up to five thousand spectators at once. It is still used today for national commemorations, but is mostly preserved for its historical significance.
The Roman Amphitheater is situated in the center of downtown, which very much gives it the same atmosphere as the grand Colosseum in the center of Rome’s Italy. Having modern roads, buildings and shops surround such an ancient stone monument definitely creates a sense of amazement. Legend has it there is a tunnel from the Citadel down to the Amphitheater, but no one has ever unearthed it.
There is a main amphitheater with a smaller one on the side, called an Odeon. It is a crowded site on most days of the week and times of the day, but it makes for amazing photo opportunities capturing a part of Roman history. The smaller one is in better condition and seeing as not many people gather there, better photos can be taken of the entire structure.
The surrounding area houses many more Roman ruins, which will only take a walk down the road to discover. Also, travelers should consider having a seat in the area before sunset to take in how the locals live their lives amongst the ancient ruins of the city.
Some would argue that this particular site has been restored to the point of looking fake. It doesn’t ward off people from visiting the structure and its next door museum, but it doesn’t impress them as much as other ruins in the Middle East have.
Entrance fees are kept to a minimal at only one Jordanian Dinar. This site forms part of most classical tours so you are most likely going to see it as part of your trip, together with guidance of our tour guide.