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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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  • The Citadel is a must see attraction in Amman. A great location on top of a hill in the center of the old part of Amman. A combination of ruins from different civilizations that settled in Amman...  more »
  • Starting a city walk from the Citadel is a great way to spend the day. A walking tour is in most tour books or look at the lonely planet.  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.
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