There is no doubting that the cities of Jordan have, in many ways, resisted the passage of time, stubbornly representing a history and a heritage that dates back thousands of years. But so too have they transformed with the times. So too have they stayed relevant, evolving into modern destinations of wonderful allure. Step away from the ancient walls and traditional architecture and open your eyes to the developments around you; you’ll quickly discover a city that’s on the move. Amman and Jerash in particular are perfect examples of this movement. Here’s why…
Amman is Jordan’s capital city, so when it comes to modernisation, it was to be expected that Amman would lead the way. And what a leader it’s been. Without compromising the beauty of its Jordanian heritage, Amman has moved gracefully into the modern world. Traditional buildings keep the city beautiful, whilst new bars (Vinoteca Wine Bar is a particular favourite), gourmet restaurants and an unmistakable air of optimism have transformed it into a cosmopolitan city not unlike other capitals around the world. Take your time browsing the art galleries, people-watching in the cafes and wandering down beautiful streets and discover a side to Jordan that few people expect, but everyone adores.
Jerash is known first and foremost for its incredible Roman ruins whose preservation is a thing of wonder. And whilst it’s not quite as forward-thinking as Amman, more than any other city in Jordan Jerash is a place of contrasts. A place to turn to when one wants to understand Jordan’s journey into the modern world. Here, ancient ruins are bordered by modern developments, the two eras constantly colliding, whilst modern events often take place within the confines of these remnants from another world. There is no escaping the past in Jerash, but neither can you escape the ever encroaching future here; which is exactly what makes it such a special place.