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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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  • It was amazing place to visit we took a lot of photos preparing for our wedding and you can see the full view of amman love the place  more »
  • Lovely views to the city, nice to walk around. We spent a lot of time here just watching the city rushing below us, it was very interesting.  more »
  • It wasn't crowded and you can explore the area at your own pace, we walked around for a few hours. The panorama is incredible and if you time it right you get the call to prayer at the same time  more »
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  • We spent over an hour here. Lots to see and learn. Some great ancient Roman ruins and the museum although fairly small is really interesting and informative. It's gives a really good overview of the history of the area and Jordan without getting too overwhelming. It's also a great spot as a lookout to see the city from various different angles. Can really see how Amman got its nickname the City of Seven Hills.
  • Worth a visit. Amman is situated on top of a hill and commands dominating view of large areas all around. Specifically constructed 'view point' with protective railing gives fantastic view of Amman City spread out below and across the valley all along the slopes of neighboring hills. From the large stone structures erected near the entry gate with information about occupancy of the citadel site, it appears that the site has been in continuous occupation since 5500 BC, Neolithic age till the present day. A period of more than 7500 Years. The hill is dotted with archaeological sites. Mute testimony to the various empires, rulers and kings who have left their imprint in the form of buildings and structures on the citadel. All these sites have become tourist attractions in their own right. We did not see all of them. The ones which we saw were Temple of Hercules Umayyad Audience Hall and Throne room. Open Cistern, Though not an archaeological site yet another attraction visited by us was Jordan Archaeological Museum. Over all experience at Amman citadel was Good. Time well spent.
  • One of my many favourite spots in Amman and perhaps one of the most important from an archeological perspective. Located in the heart of the city, this mountain has been inhabited for centuries and is known as one of the oldest continuously inhibited places on earth. A mosque, a church and a Roman temple all can be found within the site representing the diversity and the cultures that the city has witnessed. Also a great view of Amman's famous seven hills. Taxis wait to take you anywhere outside the facility. Highly recommended for both tourists and locals.
  • It's overall a nice place and worth a visit when you're in Amman. You get a nice view of the city and you can walk through the old Roman, Byzantine and Arabic ruins ... this place has been used by a couple of nations. You can walk up the hill or take a taxi. I didn't see any public transportation. There is a little cafe with snacks next to the entrance. You might wanna bring an umbrella or something like that because there's not much shade.
  • Some of the most gorgeous views of an even more beautiful country! I loved it at the Citadel and I took so many pictures, videos and I cherish the memories I have. I'm sure I'll go again at some point in the future.
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