AMMAN (JORDAN)

Here are pics from Amman, the capital of Jordan. Most of the buildings here are 20th Century since Amman was just a small town until the early 20th Century...

Very typical architecture in the heart of Amman (viewed from the Citadel)...



Downtown Amman...



Mosque Al Husseiny, located downtown...



The King Abdullah Mosque a couple miles away...



Middle class neighborhood near the center of Amman...



Street signs were easy to read in Amman (and in both the Arabic and Latin scripts)...



The Citadel of Amman (parts of it were preserved)...

Viewed from one hill away...



Citadel ruins...







The Umayyad Palace (with a restored roof)...











The Umayyad Mosque (very little remaining)...



Note someone was praying here (at solar noon)...



An Anchusa weed in the Citadel...



Three statues which are from 6500 BC (the oldest known ones in the world) were found near the Amman Citadel (and are in the small Citadel museum)...



Nearby was an old Roman theatre...









Between the Roman theatre and the citadel was this large castor oil plant (Ricinus communis). Amman generally gets freezes (and snow, sometimes heavy) most winters, but tender vegetation can grow in thermal belts...



Jebel Amman, a modern neighborhood (note that palms do grow in Amman despite the occasional snow)...



At the same time, conifers were very popular in Amman (including some sort of large cypress here)...



A linden (probably the European large-leafed linden), a common street tree in Amman...



A fire on a grassy slope!



And finally, the road to Syria (a little over half way to the Syrian border)...



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