Earlier this week, Barak Obama delivered a speech facing the ruins of the Umayyad Palace (Umayyad Qasr) and the National Archaeological Museum, adjacent to the Temple of Hercules and a 5th century Byzantine church – all located on the historic Hill of the Citadel in Amman Jordan.
Known as Jabal al-Qal’a as in the Arabic, or Rabbath-Ammon to afficianatos of antiquity, the Citadel Hill offers travelers to Amman an opportunity to take at least 9,000 of history … contrary to the abbreviated chronology cited by ABC New Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper (i.e. the site dates back to the Neolithic period, not the Roman Empire).
Below are 24 photographs of 24 things historical Senator Obama may have quite literally overlooked while visiting Jordan’s Hill of the Citadel.
- The Mosque and Cistern one sees when entering the grounds::
- Various views of the Temple of Hercules:
- Various vista of of Amman:
- A 5th Century Byzantine Temple next to the Temple of Hercules:
- Jordan’s National Archaeological Museum located at the Citadel grounds:
- Lower Citadel Grounds (defensive walls) one sees while leaving:
Here’s a link to the public Picassa gallery of the above photos – all taken during my 2004 trip there. I still need to sort through the 500 or so photos I took of the museum artifcats, and 30 mintues or so of video I shot of the same while there this past November.
On a personal note of commentary: after listening to his speech and reading the subsequent news stories, I find it somewhat symbolic that Obama missed an opportunity to speak to antiquity, while the press also displayed some confusion as to where Senator Barack stood.by