The Citadel
The Citadel
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This archaeological landmark features remnants from several different cultures.
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  • Deb C
    Adelaide, Australia220 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Visit
    First place we visited in Jordan and WOW, in the centre of Amman and who doesn't love some good ruins. The place is well maintained and the panoramic views from all angles of the site are awesome. Definitely a must on the "to visit" list. Don't rush it and take in the atmosphere and the views.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
  • CasaRoscoe
    Ottawa, Canada236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan to Visit
    We walked up to the Citadel despite reading recommendations to take a taxi up the hill. No big deal, although temperatures over 30 degrees might make the walk challenging. If you are looking to the Citadel as an example of ancient ruins, and you have visited places like Jerash (or Baalbek in Lebanon), you may be disappointed. That said, the site provides commanding 360 degree views of Amman, including arguably the best views in the city of the Roman Theatre and its adjacent Odeon. There is also a compact museum with artefacts representing thousands of years of Jordanian history. Finally, the reconstructed wooden dome over the audience hall of the Umayyad palace gives one a sense of what roofs might have been like 15 centuries ago. Allow 1-1.5 hrs to visit everything.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Durga M
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,095 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic site worth a visit
    We visited in March 2023 and unfortunately it rained the day we visited. Hence I think we missed and few parts. However this is a beautiful historical place which give a very Panasonic view of Amman also the Roman theatre. Perched on the top of the mountain it is an absolute beauty
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Super duper 123
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India184 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Your journey starts now .
    Amman Citadel is a good place to start your tour of Jordan. The citadel has a long history of occupation by many great civilisations. There are many archeological sites and museums to see, like the ruins of the temple of Hercules and the Roman theater with 6000 seats.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 April 2023
  • arvind1000
    Pune, India2,262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit
    This is must visit . It is an archeological site at the center of downtown Amman. It is on a hill and so has great views of the city. The highlight is the remains of Temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church, and a museum, which is worth visiting. It located in a large park which is worth strolling in the early evening when it is cooler
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Alison H
    55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good views of the city
    Beautiful site especially in the spring with wild flowers - lovely views of the city. Get a taxi to the gate - it’s a very steep hill! We enjoyed about an hour walking around then walked down the steps to the Roman Theatre.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Athena Constantinou
    119 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 14 July 2023
  • Sea Dweller
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,680 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 8 August 2023
  • Giulia B
    Mestre, Italy31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 August 2023
  • JMGeneva
    Geneva, Switzerland1,970 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 September 2023
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amg14
virginia374 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The views of Amman are great and the museum is nice. Other than that there’s not much to see. Nice walk and places to sit down and enjoy the view.
Written 26 February 2024
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Eiza Angelista
Singapore, Singapore144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Amazing and stunning place. Mindblowing when i 1st entered here. It had a great history. Most of the structures still visible at the site are from the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods.Great phototaking place. Beautiful pictures taken at The uncompleted Roman Temple of Hercules. Those who came to Amman must visit this place.
Written 4 January 2024
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Kathryn M
60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A very beautiful site, clear paths around and stunning views across parts of Amman and down to the Roman amphitheatre. Wonderful to see so much history. Good signage at the beginning. There was a well presented and varied archeological museum too. We had a guide with us who was able to explain other parts of the site that weren’t signed. Great start to our holiday.
Written 1 January 2024
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Za036
Lugano, Switzerland738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We enjoyed visiting The Citadel, the site is small, yet interesting. Signs to give information give an inside of the buildings and history. Bonus: great view of Amman.
Written 31 December 2023
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smarisetti
Piscataway, NJ11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It is a quaint place. Not really much to see. Beautiful view of the Hills of Amman.
Go there on a sunny day so you can take pictures of kids playing football next to the ancient Greek temple of Hercules (or was it Roman?). The walk through the ruins of Ummayad palace takes you to another nice view of the hills of Amman. The view of the Roman theater from the top of citadel is beautiful.

I felt sad visiting this place. This hill top citadel for the Greeks, then for Romans, than for Ummayads, Ayyubids (not sure if Abbasids had a presence) but there is nothing left of such long history. Amman must have been a thriving town for last 1300 years that very few places in the world can be provide of.
Written 15 December 2023
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Teresa C
Metro Manila, Philippines1,542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
What an interesting look at what was. The Romans definitely left their mark wherever they were. It was good to browse through the on site museum. Mosaics were colourful and intricate.
Written 24 November 2023
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blacktown2017
Sydney, Australia139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
very nice place to visit, well maintained and it is easy to get to. pathways and signs are everywhere and you can hire a tour guide if you like. early morning visit is recommended to avoid the harsh sun and to enjoy the view
Written 23 November 2023
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KMLondon22
London, UK199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The remains of the Temple of Zeus make this a very photogenic location. As the highest point in Amman, it also has a commanding view over the city. The small museum has some interesting exhibits, including some of the oldest human statues reportedly ever discovered. The cafe outside the entrance has a nice terrace and is good value for money.
Written 19 November 2023
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Nat G
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The view was amazing, we had an amazing coach that explained everything in great detail. Made our trip to Amman even better.
Written 15 November 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I took a taxi to reach this place. I showed my Jordan Pass and easily entered . There are several signagess allng the way that explained this attraction. The most photograped area is where the remaining columns stand. Noted some tourists climbing on the ruins for better photo shots. Note that there is a small museum here to visit.

For me, I enjoyed most here are the views of the Amman down below. Due to its high location, I could see both the old and new neighborhoods of Amman.

Tip: There is a small Restroom for one’s use near the Entrance Area.
Written 30 October 2023
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