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Considering the Byzantine Church in Amman was built around A.D. 550, it is impressive how much of the original structure has survived. Visit the church to marvel at the architectural detail, including impressive columns and Greek inscriptions.
The Byzantine Church is not a standalone attraction, but rather part of a larger set of ruins called the Amman Citadel. This structure was once one of the centers of Amman. See ruins from the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods here. In fact, the Amman Citadel is still considered to be one of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world.
When you first arrive at the Byzantine Church, the first thing you notice will be the columns flanking the sides in two rows. Notice the Greek inscription on one of the columns facing south. This column, and many of the building materials for the church, were reused pieces from the nearby Hercules’ temple.
Wander around the ruins and look down at the slabs underneath your feet. Take time to appreciate the craftsmanship and marvel at how such a sturdy structure was built in the days before modern technology and building methods.
Find the information board next to the structure that shows you the original layout of the church and tells you more about its construction. See if you can spot the semicircular apse that’s slightly separated from the church, as well as the rectangular rooms that complete the aisles. The mosaic flooring of the nave, a common feature during the Byzantine period, is now covered for protection.
To get to the Byzantine Church, head to the Amman Citadel on foot or by taxi from downtown Amman. You must buy a ticket to access the site. Make sure you bring water with you, especially if you’re visiting in the heat, as there are not convenient places nearby to buy drinks. While at the church, stop to appreciate the view looking over modern day Amman and see what other landmarks you can spot.
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