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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  • October 5, 2017
    No pushy hustlers, not particularly big crowds, and some very nice views. Not that much to look at, but I'm assuming you've been smart and got the Jordan Pass, so go ahead and use it. Early in the mor...  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    This is still one of the well maintained and standing structures in jordan. If you time you must visit.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    The citadel is a nice place for some views and the archaeology museum has a few treasures. It is true for most of Amman that is a city that doesn't have too much to offer to the tourists.  more »
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  • July 12, 2017
    Very nice historic place. Has nice downtown area around it. Beautiful picture if you are looking for a photo shoot. Amazing shopping around it. Has a small fee for foreigner, I think around $.50-$1. Has a museum downstairs m. If you are visiting Jordan, you must come here.
  • July 17, 2017
    -Pros: Clean toilets. Signboards. View of Amman. Good for family. Many civilisations in the same place. -Cons: Toilets available at the gate only. Note: They closed the gates and didn't announce where to go to exit, until we got out from the tourism police department's gate.
  • July 15, 2017
    Amazing view and beautiful ruins. It is only 3 Jds for non- Jordanians to get in and 25 cents for locals. The little supermarket at the entrance isn't too overpriced. The whole place is amazing and something you shouldn't miss. From there you are also not too far away from other great places in the downtown area.
  • July 16, 2017
    It's a nice historic place with a beautiful view to the old town and the amphitheatre. There is also a small museum and the Hercules temple.
  • June 5, 2017
    For a modest entry fee (2JD, for non-residents) the Citadel offers impressive ruins of the Temple of Hercules and a beautiful view of Amman, including a great vantage point to see the Roman Amphitheater below. The small museum is included with your ticket, but has very few artifacts and information. There are guides for hire at the front entrance.

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