The Royal Tank Museum, Amman

Located on the outskirts of Jordan’s capital city of Amman, Pedro Manuel Monteiro investigated the Royal Tank Museum, site of the largest collection of armour in the Middle East

A Saladin and a M47 Patton mount guard at the entrance of the museum

The Royal Tank Museum at Amman houses more than 140 tanks and armoured vehicles inside its fortress-like building. It is a collection in the region only matched in its size and quality by the Yad La-Shiryon memorial site in Israel. The different models, vehicles and tanks are carefully displayed in segmented historical halls – each recreating urban and natural landscapes to best exemplify the conflicts they fought in.

In the World War One section, an elegant Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost armoured car takes visitors back to 1917 when the famous Lawrence of Arabia used a squadron of them during the Great Arab Revolt. The Al Karameh battle hall is also particularly impressive, with many war trophies. Prominent within this exhibition is the only fully functioning Super Sherman in the Middle East.

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