The Duke's Diwan, Amman

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Mysterious Site
The Duke's Diwan (Arabic: ديوان الدوق‎) is an arts and cultural center and historic house museum. Located on King Faisal Street in downtown Amman, it is housed in one of the city's oldest buildings.

Built in 1924 as Amman's first post office, the building later became the Finance Ministry, and then the Haifa Hotel from 1948 to 1998. In 2001, it was rented by Mamdouh Bisharat, a Jordanian heritage conservationist and businessman, at double its price to prevent the building's owners from knocking it down. Bisharat turned the building into a Diwan, a gathering place for artists, thinkers, and poets. The rooms of the Diwan, filled with antiquities, pictures, and old furniture, are arranged to show visitors how Jordanians lived during the 20th century.
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  • Advertised as the oldest building in downtown Amman, in Arabic, diwan means the section of the house whose doors are always open to guests. Built in 1924 as the Central Post Office and later used by.....  more »
  • Built in 1924, this is one of the oldest buildings in Amman. Really stunning to go in and spend some time, as this little oasis it takes you back in time. Highly recommended!  more »
  • This Is the oldest residence in downtown, built in 1924. It's nice to see and get to know the old architectural heritage of old Amman. Everything is left where it is .
  • Lovely place to visit to get the old Arab apartment feel. High blue ceilings are adorned with various art pieces collected by the Duke himself that exhibit the history and culture of Amman. Highly recommended for a quick tea or juice and a place to rest in the busy streets of Balad.
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