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The Citadel, Amman

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Must see · Historic Site · Ruin
Dating back to the Neolithic period, The Citadel shows archaeological evidence of use and occupation by numerous fallen empires. Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad ruins dot the site, located in the middle of downtown Amman. Highlights include a temple to Hercules, with remains of a massive statue of the god and a domed Umayyad palace. Visit the museum on premises to learn more about the site's history, and take photos to your heart's content among the varied and imposing ruins. Use our Amman driving holiday planner to visit The Citadel on your trip to Amman, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • There is not much to interesting with the ruin. However, it offers great view of the city, especially with the background with the city matches well with the ruin. P.S. - there is some very old...  more »
  • We went to the Citadel while Jordan was closed to tourism so our experience will be different from others. It was, unsurprisingly, empty. The main attraction of the citadel are the columns set on the....  more »
  • A beautiful place in the city of Amman to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the beautiful view of the whole city of Amman. As a tourist from India where History of old civilizations are a part of every corner...visiting Amman Citadel was yet another experience of witnessing the site which holds the history of being inhabited by a varied number of civilizations continuously. Viewing the ruins of the Temple of Hercules was breathtaking. Though not much is left still the ruins were enough to take us back to our school days reading the stories of Hercules. The view of the Roman Theatre is one of the best views from this place. This place also has a nice cafeteria near the entrance for refreshments.
  • For a few JD, you get a wonderful glance into history and beautiful views of the city. (Also included in Jordan Pass.) Several stunning structures, lots of explanations on plaques (in English, too) and a very cool vibe overall. Definitely worth making the trek. Just be careful outside if you want a ride back down the hill; the taxis will *severely* overcharge tourists. It shouldn't cost more than a few JD.

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