Amman Governorate

Amman Governorate

Amman Governorate

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Officially known as Muhafazat al-Asima (Arabic محافظة العاصمة, English translation: The Capital Governorate), Amman Governorate is one of the governorates - locally known as muhafazat - in Jordan. This governorate's capital is the City of Amman, It is also Jordan's capital. The administrative center of the governorate as well as all government offices and parliament are located in the Abdali district.

The Capital Governorate has the largest population of the 12 governorates of Jordan. It borders Zarqa Governorate from the north and north east, the governorates of Balqa and Madaba from the west, Kerak and Ma'an governorates from the south. It also shares an international border with Saudi Arabia from the east.


The land covered by the Capital Governorate has been inhabited since the prehistoric age, ruins of civilizations as early as 7250 BC have been discovered at 'Ain Ghazal near Amman, the site itself is one of the largest prehistoric settlements in the Middle East.

Amman was the capital and strong hold of the Ammonites, which they called Rabbath Ammon, the Ammonites ruled almost the entire land of the Capital Govrnorate. After the Romans took control of the region, Amman was renamed as Philadelphia, and was one of the ten Roman Decapolis cities. Following the Arab Muslim conquests, Philadelphia reclaimed the name Amman.


The climate of the Capital Governorate is that of the Eastern Mediterranean climate. However since Amman is located on a...
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