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The Citadel, Amman

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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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  • One of the best places to visit in Amman. You can't go there without spending few hours visiting it. From there you have a beautiful view of the city and it's a quiet place for a walk too. If you... 
    One of the best places to visit in Amman. You can't go there without spending few hours visiting it. From there you have a beautiful view of the city and it's a quiet place for a walk too. If you...  more »
  • This is the main place to visit in Amman and worthy of 2/3 hours of your time. It is impressive in its size, how maintained it is (despite its age) and the views of Old Amman below. Take a guide to... 
    This is the main place to visit in Amman and worthy of 2/3 hours of your time. It is impressive in its size, how maintained it is (despite its age) and the views of Old Amman below. Take a guide to...  more »
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  • This is a nice tourist place in the heart of Amman, and it can be easily accessed within 15 mins if you are around the city. You can spend 2-4 hours wandering around the ancient ruins and visiting the museum, the view is spectacular as you have 360 degrees over the old city. There’s a nice restaurant there serving authentic food and drinks, and there’s also a convenience store at the entrance selling snacks, drinks and souvenirs. Public restrooms are just next the store. Buses and car parking is available in front of the place free of charge. There are guided tours if you wish to know everything about the place in main languages.
  • What an amazing place. In most other countries it would be fenced off but here you are free to roam around it all and really get a feel for the place. The temple of Hercules has a couple of impressive columns still standing that are visible from the whole surrounding area. The hand of Hercules is big which gives an idea of how big it must have been. With the Jordan Pass it costs nothing to get in, otherwise it is 3JD for visitors. It's really worth a visit, make sure you wear a hat!

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