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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  • 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 Emirates6,681 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, Switzerland1,984 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
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,328 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Carrib
    Dublin, Ireland111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled on business
    Written 25 September 2023
  • AudreyBC33
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • browncondo2102
    Kitchener, Canada1,749 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Russ Lacuata
    Long Beach, California8,574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 October 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York2,726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The Amman Citadel is a huge hilltop complex that was completed in the 720s and destroyed by an earthquake in 749. Be sure not to miss the Roman Temple of Hercules. Inside the Citadel is the Jordan Archaeological Museum.
Written 12 April 2024
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Rachel W
Budapest, Hungary4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Checked out the Amman Citadel - cool history and great views of the city! Hire a taxi - Waled +962 7 9562 0490 - he can take you to the Citadel, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, and build tours for you as well. He arranged to take us to the airport for our 3am flight and was so kind and got us coffee and tea as well. If you need a taxi in Jordan, call him!
Written 6 April 2024
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Ariyya
Kuwait City, Kuwait419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The citadel is a must-ser site when in Amman. It's roman and islamic ruins offer a nice look into the city's history. There is also a small museum on the ground. The views over thecity are great. Please be careful not to be scammed by the tour guides who crowd the entrance.
Written 30 March 2024
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silverfoxMuscat
Alcacer do Sal, Portugal64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Wonderful experience of an ancient monument, a must visit. It lived up to everything we had seen an read about it. Avoid the summer months if possible.

Written 21 March 2024
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Ihar Beliauski
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Amman Citadel is a captivating historical gem, offering breathtaking views of the city that truly captivate the soul. The vantage point provides a panoramic spectacle, allowing visitors to marvel at the beauty of Amman. Steeped in history, the Citadel is a testament to Jordan's rich past, featuring remnants from various civilizations that have left their mark over the centuries. A visit to this site is a journey through time, where each step unveils layers of a fascinating and storied past.
Written 12 March 2024
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elvikl
London, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Really interesting site in Jordan - Would fully recommend to go visit.

Lovely views of the city too which is lovely for pics.
Written 6 March 2024
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Fredric John
Dubai, United Arab Emirates243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The citadel was a miss for me. They have a policy where you have to be there, buy the ticket, then enter an hour before the Amman Citadel will close. I arrived 15-minutes late and just got a glimpse outside before sunset.

It has a great view outside the gates anyway. Please remember to come early and don’t miss the opportunity to visit this historic piece in Jordan.
Written 6 March 2024
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amg14
virginia389 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
61 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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