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Review of Darat al Funun

Darat al Funun
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Private Half-Day Jabal Al-Weibdeh Walking Tour for Art Lovers in Amman
Ranked #21 of 84 things to do in Amman
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Stone, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2012

This place is not easy to find and came highly recomended. It looked as if it might be quite good but was totally closed with a notice on the door about an exhibition that was due to be on in the future. It looked as if it had not been open for some time.Pity as it looked an interesting building with connections to TE Laurence.

Visited April 2012
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“A lush oasis in downtown Amman”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

Darat al Funun -- The Khalid Shoman Foundation -- Amman, Jordan

This lush hillside complex is home to some of the most evocative artwork in the Arab world. In fact, the entire multi-level complex is a work of art in itself, set in a fragrant, brightly coloured botanical landscape.

The lower level features a small, well-preserved archaeological site of Roman ruins and the remains of a Byzantine church. There are plenty of shaded areas around this site in which to relax and drink in the ambience.

Low-rise stairs alternating with paved pathways lead all the way from the lower level to the upper level of the complex -- a very comfortable walk and, for the most part, completely shaded by brightly coloured bushes or trees.

One can catch an occasional glimpse of Amman’s cityscape from various points along the path. What is particularly interesting is that here -- in the midst of Jordan’s capital city -- is an oasis of complete peace and tranquillity, the only noticeable sound being the quiet gurgling of the tiny octagonal fountains along the way.

The exhibition halls, with their intricately tiled floors, are at the mid and upper levels.

The artwork -- all produced by Arab artists -- is multi-media: video and audio; visual and performing; fine art and architecture, the latter seen in the design of the exhibition halls themselves. The main focus is, however, on the visual arts: paintings, drawings and sculptures.

Many of these art pieces have as their themes: war, violence and oppression. For me, most of the pieces were very educational, and many of them triggered questions to which I could find no answers. All of the artwork elicited some kind feeling within me -- indifference was not an option.

At mid-level, there is also a small alcove where visitors can sit under a canopy of flowering trees and bushes, breathe in the surrounding spicy and floral scents, and savour a variety of light refreshments.

Of all the places I’ve ever visited in Jordan, this place is one of the most unusual and one of the most beautiful.

Visited May 2012
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