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urban setting surrounding the Darat, the old downtown city of Amman

 

 

 

 

The traditional Amman residences which now house Darat al Funun were built in the 1920s at a time of urban expansion initiated by the leading families of Amman, Salt and other towns in Jordan, Palestine and Syria. Located on a quiet hilltop, they overlooked the small Circassian village that occupied Amman's central valley. Today, they are in one of the oldest residential districts of the city, within easy reach of the downtown area.

The site of the Byzantine church, is a very special site, a place where, it seems, there was a continuity in cult spanning millennia-one cult taking the place of another, each embodying some of the features of the earlier one. The Christian church, perhaps dedicated to St. George and perhaps on or near the site of a shrine dedicated to Herakles, in turn, became a memorial of al-Khader.

 

 

 

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