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Old Amman roads : Silent witnesses of history and culture

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Faisal Street. (Photos: flickr)
Jordan, situated at the crossroads of civilizations, is soaked in culture and history, its rich past on display at every step. The capital, Amman, is no exception. It is distinguished by its historic streets and alleyways, silent witnesses to events, cultures, and development. Visitors to Amman might be interested in some of its most iconic streets:اضافة اعلان



Mango Street
is a historic street in the Jabal Amman neighborhood, close to the First Circle and downtown. The street is officially known as Omar bin al-Khattab Street; its popular name comes from the Mango House, which is located at the intersection of Mango and Rainbow streets. It is an example of a new style of Jordanian architecture that differs from the houses built in the area during the 1920s and 30s, as well as from its 1940s contemporaries. The house is built with smooth rose stone and has numerous wrap-around balconies

Mango Street is lined with ancient houses, many of which are Ottoman. Al-Mufti House, known for its nice architecture and the fact that it was home to the late Said Pasha al Mufti, a Jordanian political figure of Circassian origin who served multiple times as prime minister between 1950 and 1956, is located across the street from the Mango House.



King Talal Street
is one of Amman’s oldest. People may refer to it as Talal Street. Clothing industries, grocers, and artisan shops of Circassian silversmiths and ironsmiths were once commonplace. The Halal Market, the Laundry Shop, Al Nasr Cinema, Al Manshiyya, and Petra Cinema were located at the street’s entrance, next to the Great Manshiyya and the Mills.

King Talal Street is where Amman, began. It is now one of Amman’s longest and most populated streets, following its refurbishment in the early 1950s and the extension of the buildings to the Muhajerin Bridge.

Most tourists begin their visit of downtown Amman, the city’s heart, on King Talal Street, from which other historical streets branch out.



Al Hashimi Street
extends from the square of the Al-Husseini Mosque to the area of the Hashemite Square, where the old Raghadan Bridge is. One of the oldest in Amman it is the street on which King Abdullah I used to walk every week on his way to Friday prayers. It was named after the Hashemites.

In the past, there used to be many different businesses and doctors’ clinics on the street; now there are many historic and modern oriental antiquities shops, as well as the Roman Theater and the Hashemite place.



Rainbow Street, formerly known as Abu Bakr al Siddiq Street, in the historic Jabal Amman district.

The roadway, which extends east from the First Circle to Mango Street, offers many attractions and interests. The street runs in front of the British Council building and the Rainbow Theater.
One of Amman’s best-known thoroughfares, Rainbow Street is a popular destination for both tourists and locals.
One of Amman’s best-known thoroughfares, Rainbow Street is a popular destination for both tourists and locals. It is home to some of the capital’s most popular attractions, including restaurants, cafés, and art shops. The street is sought by many because of its local charm and vibrant energy.



Ras Al Ain Street
was previously known as Al-Ain Street, due to the presence of a large spring of pure drinking water near the Greater Amman Municipality’s Al-Hussein Cultural Center building, at the end of the Ras Al-Ain area.

The Circassian Al Ahly Club and the Amman Power Station were located on this street.



Faisal Street, located in the central area of downtown, is also known as Faisal Square. Because of its width, many national celebrations and ceremonies were held on this street.

Many old buildings and houses are found along the street. The old municipality building, Hamdan Café and Al Shalati Café used to be located where the Mango market now exists.


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