The Citadel
The Citadel
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This archaeological landmark features remnants from several different cultures.
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  • Athena Constantinou
    96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many civilisations in a single place!
    Perched on the highest hill above the city of Amman is the Citadel of Amman, a symbol of the city's ancient culture, power and glory. It is an archaeological site that has witnessed the rise and fall of several great civilizations - Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and Umayyads, all of whom have left their mark. The citadel's long and turbulent history dates back to the Bronze Age, as evidenced by the caves on site that served as burial grounds in 2300 BC. Parts of structures from the Greek, Roman and Umayyad eras still remain, giving an idea of the splendour that had once graced the site. The most important remains are the Temple of Hercules, the Ayyubid watchtower, a Byzantine church and a mosque. The domed audience hall of the Umayyad Palace is the best preserved structure on site, as is the Cistern that served to supply water to the palace. The walk among the ruins to the Archaeological Museum at the top of the hill not only offered a breathtaking panoramic view of Amman from both sides of the citadel, but also gave a sense of what once was. The Archaeological Museum houses some of the oldest known statues in Jordan, dating back to 7200 BC, and visitors can admire other artefacts and jewels. From the Citadel there is a spectacular view of the Roman Theatre, another landmark of the city.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Sea Dweller
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,565 contributions
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    Amazing views of Amman
    The Amman Citadel is located in the center of the historical part of the city, on the Jabal Al Qal'a hill, which is one of the seven hills on which Amman was originally located. The hill itself is quite small and has clear boundaries, but people have lived here since at least the Bronze Age, i.e. more than 4000 years ago. Most of the buildings that can still be seen belong to the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods. The main buildings on the hill are the Temple of Hercules, the Byzantine Church and the Umayyad Palace. The Citadel complex is surrounded by a 1700 m long wall, which has been rebuilt many times. During the Umayyad period, a palace building was built in the Citadel, known in Arabic as Al Qasr. The style in which the Palace was built is closest to the Byzantine one. This is the most intact of all the buildings of the Citadel. The dome of the palace was restored by Spanish archaeologists. The palace was a vast complex of royal and residential buildings and was once the home of the ruler of Amman. But the complex did not last long - it was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 AD. e. and has never been fully restored. The Umayyad Cistern adjoins the public hall on the east side. This is a huge round pit with steps leading to the bottom, which once served as a reservoir of water for the needs of the palace and the surrounding area. Even if you are not a history buff, then you should definitely visit here too, because the views of Amman from the hill are absolutely unforgettable.
    Visited March 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Giulia B
    Mestre, Italy34 contributions
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    Wonderful place
    We visit Amman in july 2023, I must say I was very surprised to discover this bwauriful city. The ancient ruins are wonderful: the ancient temple of Hércules fascinated us very much. The only thing that must certainly be said is that the heat is really unbearable, bring a lot of water and stay hydrated !
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 15, 2023
  • JMGeneva
    Geneva, Switzerland1,935 contributions
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    Very interesting
    The easiest and certainly not the least interesting visit in Amman. Succinct but clear information in English about everything you can see in this vast citadel, and there is a lot. Beautiful views over the city are a free bonus. Well worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,335 contributions
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    Citadel is an important historic site
    The Amman Citadel is the highest place in the city. It is surrounded by a 1.7km ( 1 mile) wall. The Citadel is some 850 meters (2,800 feet) above sea level. The Citadel is an important archaeological site, dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. Amman was an important city during the Roman and Byzantine era. The Citadel is well worth a look, you get a good view over Amman.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Carrib
    Dublin, Ireland111 contributions
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    Amazing views from the Citadel
    We walked up from the roman theatre, which added to our experience, loved the spectacular views from the top of the hill over the city centre. The call to prayer happened while we were up there and it was amazing hearing it in surround sound and ecco around the hills. It was magical. We enjoyed the archaeology museum and seeing the hand of Hercules. By 1pm it got too hot for us and we had a lovely taxi driver take us back to the city centre. Highly recommend
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written September 25, 2023
  • AudreyBC33
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania11 contributions
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    Visit at dusk!
    The citadel is quite lovely, with a fair amount to explore. I highly recommend visiting late in the day so you’re there when the sun sets. Visit the little museum on the premises early before it closes, then wander around as the light becomes golden. We saw at least three couples there for wedding pictures. The cherry on top was ending the day at the little Dar Ne’emeh cafe - sitting on the roof deck as the call to prayer rang and the lights twinkled was glorious
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • browncondo2102
    Kitchener, Canada1,686 contributions
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    Home to many early artifacts
    The Amman Citadel is home to many Jordanian artifacts. This downtown Citadel has a long history of occupation by many great civilizations. Many empires lived here over the centuries and the Citadel of Amman is considered to be among the world's oldest continuously inhabited places.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Russ Lacuata
    Long Beach, California9,561 contributions
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    Rich History
    Amman Citadel offers spectacular remnants of the land's rich history. The Citadel overlook the amphitheater and also the panoramic view of the city. For history enthusiasts, and want to learn more about the place, you can hire certified guides for a fee. I do recommend visiting in the late afternoon and stay for the sunset. The city becomes golden with the mesmerizing sunset. Free with Jordan Pass.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Jessabelll
    New York City, New York235 contributions
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    Stunning views and site in the middle of the city!
    The Citadel has stunning views over the city! There is a rich history and lots of different areas of the site to see and visit. You can also climb up on most of the ruins to get up close and personal! It can get a bit crowded, so be patient. You can make this trip as short or as long as you want, depending on how much you want to see.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
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Vince C
Bellevue, WA76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We hired the Odynovo Tour company. They greeted us when we de-planed, facilitated our entry through Customs, drove us to our hotel. Super-efficient! The next morning, our tour guide (his name pronounced "safe") drove us to the Citadel and patiently waited as we walked through various scenic overlooks, the museum, etc. The paths are well- defined, good signage descriptions along the way. We took about an hour to see what was of interest to us. Others could take twice as long as there is much to see. Only bathroom is at the cafe at the entry gate. Highest point so panoramic views were 360.
Written March 12, 2020
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Riccardo M
Milan, Italy17 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
We arrived in the morning at 8:30 so we didn’t find many tourists! It was nice to walk around the area by ourselves. Other than the ruins, you have also an amazing view of Amman.
Be careful if you bring any kids there cause there are no safe railings all around the place and it could be very dangerous for them!
Worth visiting
Written February 14, 2020
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samer2015
Amman, Jordan2,589 contributions
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Jan 2020
This is a well kept place at the center of Amman. Of course it is on top of a hill and surrounded by walls to keep intruders of the past away. Definitely worth seeing. The place used to be a small city well engineered. You will definitely appreciate the architecture, discipline and the level of details that the people few thousands years ago used to have.

You will need anywhere between 1-3 hours depending on your own pace and level of details you want to enjoy.
Written January 6, 2020
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rajesh u
New Delhi, India166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The Citadel, perched on the top of the hill is a time capsule of Jordan's history. With relics ranging from the Roman, to Byzantine to the Islamic era, all three periods are represented in Citadel. Apart from the ruins in the complex, the views of the city are the most interesting. The light brown monochrome appearance of the city is well delineated from the site.
Written January 19, 2020
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Crabcar
20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
We went in there as a small family of 5 (all adults) and the guards told us that we were not allowed to enter without a tour guide. After some negotiation with our guide and the gate guards we were able to enter. Apparently they implemented some 'rule' that people in large groups must pay a guide to lead them around. And the place wasn't even well maintained.
Written March 20, 2021
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John G
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The citadel of Annan presents a grand view of the seemingly endless city spreading out in all directions. You can see how the city is situated on the plateau and the building that has flowed into the wadis. Some archeological restoration has need undertaken and information on contemporary stone pillars illustrates the huge time span of the city‘s development: From Iron Age to Ottoman. The museum is a modest affair. Surprising that it was first established in the 50‘s. It was superseded by the Jordan Museum. It appears that Ammanites go to the Citadel to hang out: young lads being cool, families out for a pick-nick or indeed young couples for a modest and decorous meet. If you look hard enough you can descend from the Citadel via unofficial paths through the dense housing on the steep slopes.
Written March 7, 2020
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daesquiv
San Jose, Costa Rica638 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Included in the Jordan Pass, this should be a must see and it is really the best place to start your walk through Amman. You will have a lot to walk so if you prefer you can take a taxi to the top from anywhere in the city.
Don't miss the Museum, the Temple of Hercules and to walk around to enjoy the amazing views of the Roman Amphitheater, all of Amman and you won't miss the outstanding jordan flag on the back of the Citadel.

You can get a guide for 30JD that lead you through the place if you are really interested.
Written March 14, 2020
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Wanderer0213
Craig, MT603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
What a beautiful site! Up on-top a hill overlooking the city, you can really see the city well from there. So many interesting walls from all the building that once stood, still standing was part of some Roman columns. We had a driver and found parking near the front. You can take a guided tour or just walk it on your own, we walked it without a guide without any issues, all the sites have nice signs explaining things. Nice museum on site, along with a little cafe. Didn’t use the bathrooms, but they looked pretty clean. Beautiful park and the views of the city are amazing!
Written February 22, 2020
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Californiaview
California245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Wide span of history found at this site

From Bronze Age onwards
Information at each ruin is helpful and in English

A very open site so it will be very hot in the summer

We were quite surprised at the large size of the ruins . Also a small museum prices are very reasonable

Parking can be a problem . Since it’s so high you have a good view of the surrounding

The on-site restaurant is very good and the service was friendly
I recommend this one
Written October 11, 2022
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H. G.
62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
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 (Bronze and Iron Ages, Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods). The famous pillars are the remains of the Hercules Temple. The second famous structure there is the Umayyad palace. You will also see remains of a Byzantine church, old water wells and systems, tower. The museum there has a good collection but it’s an old fashioned museum that doesn’t appear to get much attention and it needs more care.

You will see a very nice panoramic view of Amman and of the Roman theatre.

I recommend you start at the Citadel then walk down to the Hashemite plaza and the Roman Theatre. When exiting the Citadel take the road on the east side. Small curvy streets will lead you to a viewing platform facing the theater, you will find next to that a stairway that leads to the plaza and the theatre.
Written February 9, 2020
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