Iraq Al-Amir

Iraq Al-Amir, meaning “Caves of the Prince” in Arabic, is just another amazing city that Jordan has to offer tourists. Situated approximately 15km southwest from the town of Wadi Al Ser, this small, rustic town has a population of roughly 6,000 people, primarily made up of Abbadi tribe members. Iraq Al-Amir is one of those towns that seems to be frozen in time, meaning they have yet to adapt to modern life and culture in a number of ways.

Situated in the hills, within the municipality of Amman, Iraq Al-Amir overlooks the beautiful countryside of the Jordan Valley from on high. There are many natural hot springs in the area, which are a common attraction amongst tourists and locals alike. The area surrounding the town is filled with olive trees and other fruit-bearing plants. Iraq Al-Amir’s main industry is agriculture (primarily olive growing), although tourism brings in a good amount of money for the town as well.

Surrounding Iraq Al-Amir are a variety of caves, both shallow and deep. There are also cave drawings, some of which date back to the copper age. Some very interesting archaeological and historical finds have been unearthed in and around Iraq Al-Amir. Explorers and archaeologists have found various weapons dating back to the Roman and Nabataean periods, as well as a variety of pottery, glass, and artifacts from various cultures and periods. Lots of gold and silver coins, primarily of Arabic origins, have also been discovered in Iraq Al-Amir, leading some historians to believe that the area was once used as a storehouse for the wealth of an Arabic prince. Most of the items that have been discovered in and around Iraq Al-Amir are now on display at the Exhibit of Arab Heritage and Recent Discoveries, which was first opened in 1992. This exhibit is large and quite fascinating, and a must-see for any history buff.

 

 

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