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The Citadel, Amman

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Ruin Historic Site
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. Work out when and for how long to visit The Citadel and other Amman attractions using our handy Amman family vacation planner.
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  • This is really lovely to see remains of old Roman city (which was named Philadelphia). Good to see that they are still preserved by the government of Jordan A mist visit place  more »
  • Muslims, The Ummayads, Romans. A cultural mosaic that can be of interest to everyone. Place of worship, baths, the palace ruins, appeals to the curious. Also ideal for panoramic views of the top of a hill in Amman.
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  • It's a must visit place in Amman, nice ruins place with beautiful view of the city. We didn't ask for a guide, but from what we saw, they are all very informative.  more »
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  • 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.
  • -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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Amman accommodations sit at all points on the spectrum, and you'd expect nothing less from a capital as diverse and eclectic as this. The more budget-friendly options, in the form of simple hotels, guesthouses, and hostels, lie predominantly in the downtown area, with the narrow, maze-like streets housing countless accommodations around each corner and over each hill. If you're looking for something a little more luxurious and with calmer surroundings, then the business districts to the northeast represent the best places to look, with high-rise chain hotels jostling for position along the main shopping streets and next to scenic parks and plazas.
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