On the eastern side of the Ajlun mountains, Amman is a hilly city through which a small river, Wadi ‘Amman, once ran. Settlements have existed on the plateau since at least 3000 BCE. The Islamic history of the city begins when the city was taken by the forces of the general Yazīd ibn Abī Sufyān in 635, but it declined in importance, and by 1300 had nearly disappeared.
The Ottoman resettled the site with Circassian refugees from Russia in 1878, but I wasn’t until becoming the capital of Jordan after World War II that the city really began to grow.
The modern multi-layered concrete and steel structure vibrates with electric yellows, blues, and reds beckoning children from toddlers to early teens to discover, touch, play and learn subjects such as history, arts, science, fitness and ecology - part of the normal school curriculum - come to life through colourful displays and lively activities.