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Roman Theatre in Amman, the capital city of Jordan. The theatre was built around 130 BC; today it is dominating the heart of Amman’s Downtown.
Roman theatres were built in all areas of the empire from Spain to the Middle East, because of the Romans' ability to influence local architecture.
Roman theaters derive from and are part of the overall evolution of earlier Greek theaters. Indeed, much of the architectural influence on the Romans came from the Greeks, and theatre structural design was no different from other buildings.
The large and steeply raked structure of this theatre could seat about 6,000 people. It was built into the hillside and oriented to the north to keep the sun off the spectators.
This magnificently restored theatre is the highlight of Amman for most foreign visitors.

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