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King Hussein Mosque

When strolling through the maze of Amman’s gold souk let the tall minarets of this famous Ottoman-style landmark in the heart of downtown Amman be your guide. 

Visit the Grand al-Husseini Mosque to delve a little deeper into the history of Jordan. This Islamic monument is also simply known as the King Hussein Mosque, as it was built in 1924 by the emir Abdullah bin al-Hussein.

The original pink and white stone walls of the King Hussein Mosque were fully restored in 1987, giving it a surprisingly modern look. While not as big as the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque, the city’s other “King Hussein Mosque,” the Grand al-Husseini Mosque is bound to impress you because of its history.

To see the mosque in full swing, follow the throngs of worshippers to the mosque when it's time for Duhr (noon) prayer or Friday prayer. While here, visit the nearby souks to buy spices, fruits and nuts or indulge in sweet baklava and kanafeh.

Come back to the mosque when it is quieter to admire its architecture. During the heat of the day, local men can often be seen sitting on the wide sidewalk, in the shade of the towering building to gossip and catch up. Inside, the first thing you’ll see is the pretty fountain, the centerpiece of the courtyard. Next up is the beautifully adorned prayer hall.

Amman is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. However, the ancient city was rebuilt often and in the 3rd century B.C. it was called Philadelphia, to honor the Ptolemic ruler Philadelphus. The very spot where the mosque now stands is believed to be the site of the Cathedral of Philadelphia, a Byzantine house of worship.

In A.D. 640, a mosque was built here by Umar bin Al-Khattab, the second Caliph of Islam. Soon after emir Abdullah bin al-Hussein made Amman his capital in 1921, a new mosque was built: the one you can see today. Note that only conservatively dressed tourists may enter the mosque.

You can’t miss the Grand al-Husseini Mosque (King Hussein Mosque), which stands at the heart of the gold souk in downtown Amman. Taking a taxi to the old Roman Theater and then continuing on foot to the mosque while exploring the city’s bustling souks is a great way to go about it.


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    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Amman, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of King Hussein Mosque and Amman Roman Theater. Souk Jara and Gold Souk are also within 5 minutes.

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    Jeddah Palace Hotel

    Jeddah Palace Hotel

    Jabal Al Hussein - Beer Al Sabe Str., Amman
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Amman, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of King Hussein Mosque and Amman Roman Theater. Gold Souk and Souk Jara are also within 10 minutes.

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      Amman Cham Palace

      Amman Cham Palace

      Shmeisani Street, Amman
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Amman, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of King Hussein Mosque and Amman Roman Theater. Souk Jara and Gold Souk are also within 5 minutes.

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        Hammodeh Hotel

        Hammodeh Hotel

        11 Al-Hashimi Street, Amman
           
          1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Amman, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of King Hussein Mosque and Amman Roman Theater. Souk Jara and Gold Souk are also within 5 minutes.

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          Torwadah Hotel

          Torwadah Hotel

          Down Town, Al Rida Street, Amman
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Amman, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of King Hussein Mosque and Amman Roman Theater. Gold Souk and Souk Jara are also within 5 minutes.

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            Cliff - Hostel

            Cliff - Hostel

            Prince Mohammed Street, Amman
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of King Hussein Mosque and Amman Roman Theater. Gold Souk and Souk Jara are also within 10 minutes.

              Al-Houriat Hotel £41
              Al-Houriat Hotel

              Al-Houriat Hotel

              Qourash Street, Down Town, Amman
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Amman, this family-friendly Amman hotel is within a 5-minute walk of King Hussein Mosque and Amman Roman Theater. Souk Jara and Gold Souk are also within 5 minutes.

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                Arab Tower Hotel

                Arab Tower Hotel

                Al Hashimi Street, Amman
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Amman, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of King Hussein Mosque and Amman Roman Theater. Souk Jara and Gold Souk are also within 5 minutes.