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Amman - History, Geography, Transportation, Tourism, Gallery, External Links

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31°57N 35°52E, pop (2000e) 1 996 000. Industrial and commercial capital city of Jordan; in Amman governorate, East Bank, on the R Zarqa; capital of the Ammonite kingdom in Biblical times; capital of Transjordan, 1923; many refugees after the Arab–Israeli Wars; airport; railway; university (1962); noted for its locally-quarried coloured marble; food processing, textiles, paper, plastics; Roman amphitheatre (1st-c BC), archaeological museum.

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