The Citadel
The Citadel
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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  • markitiki
    Orlando, Florida694 contributions
    Could spend the day here!
    Vast site that offers incredible views and opportunities to explore the ruins. Easy to do on your own without a guide, if you've done some research ahead of time. The walk to/from is a bit strenuous due to the uphill nature. There is a restaurant and gift shop on site. My only disappointment were the hasslers near the entry gate.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 10 December 2022
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,310 contributions
    Worthwhile visiting - great views of Amman
    We enjoyed visiting this site. The ruins mostly consist of the Temple of Hercules, which is very nice, but the site is smaller and not as well preserved as many of the other sites we saw on our trip to the Middle East. That said, the views from the site are really great and it was interesting to see the old palace off to the side. The view of the Roman Amphitheater is especially good from here. There is also a small museum at the site that has a small but very nice collection that helps you understand the history of the place.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 17 December 2022
  • ken j
    Manalapan, New Jersey905 contributions
    Great intro to culture and history
    This was a good start to our Jordan group Globus tour. It has a great view and is well-explained. It is a mix of multiple civilizations and was interesting. Don't miss this. Museum in the middle needs updating but is still worth a visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 19 December 2022
  • Roy F
    Doha, Qatar60 contributions
    Beautiful Citadel
    Another one of those easy visits you can go to even as a single traveller. The citadel is within the city proper. It is accessible by public transport like taxi and no guided tour is needed for this place. This place gives you an overview of the city of Amman which is spectacular! A must visit to go to plus you may meet the friendly cats within the citadel.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 December 2022
  • Musicians Mum
    557 contributions
    Ancient ruins and SPECTACULAR OVERVIEW of Amman
    Interesting collection of ancient buildings.Visited as part of a small group tour from UK .Was a bit damp and chilly so difficult to fully appreciate! Part of the 7th century Umayyad palace,part of temple of Hercules(and a hand and an elbow from a huge statue of him),water cisterns . SPECTACULAR view as this is sited on on of the seven hills on which Amman is built.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 18 January 2023
  • 0rion
    123 contributions
    Nice spot
    Nice spot ! You can hire a guide at the entrance if you want, museum Is worse to do ! If you want to enjoy thé visit & the sunset, go there about 3:30 pm, during January, expect 2-3 jours to do the tour. Included in the Jordan Pass
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 January 2023
  • HungaryHopper
    Birmingham, United Kingdom445 contributions
    Long hilly walk up
    Recommend to get a taxi or walk up if you are fit enough. Takes approx two to three hours to visit and free with Jordan pass. Interesting ruin and especially on sunset can view the lovely Amman surrounding. Hercules, old temple and gateway were all found on this site. Follow map and places to see. As part of Amman sightseeing recommended. Have visitor centre with WC and gift shop upon entry/way out
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2023
  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy12,218 contributions
    Testimony of the large time gap between the importance of Amman until the early Middle Ages and its newfound importance
    As is known, Amman is much less rich in ancient architectural monuments than the other major historical cities in the area, such as Jerusalem or Damascus. This is because when it was chosen by Emir Abdullah as the future capital of Transjordan (1921), it had ceased to be an important city since more than thousand years.. It's true that ancient Philadelphia (as Alexander the Great renamed present-day Amman) had been prosperous since at least 1200 BC, and had continued to do so under the Ammonites, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, and the Umayyad Caliphate (caliphate which had established the seat of the ruler of the province, residing precisely in the Palace which is in the Citadel). But precisely the decline had begun with the end of the Umayad caliphate (750 AD); after that, only the construction of a watchtower from the Ayyubid era was reported on the Citadel, around 1220, as part of the strengthening of Islamic control in an anti-Crusader function, which was operated on the ridge left of the Jordan River (moreover, Philadelphia-Amman was under Ayyubid control as early as 1170). A watchtower, with all evidence, doesn't imply the presence of a great center of power: and it is for this reason that on the Citadel we see only important witnesses of Umayad presence, or earlier (especially Roman; and here it is inevitable to mention the Temple of Hercules). In particular I would like to point out the beauty of what remains of the Umayad palace, like the domed audience hall. It's true that it has been restored; but the elaborate decorative reliefs of the walls of the room remain intriguing, both inside and outside. They reminded me of the reliefs of the "Gate of Baghdad" in Raqqa (Syria), which I admired many years ago.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 7 February 2023
  • geoff B
    518 contributions
    Beautiful wooden dome on the old palace
    Great views from up here over the city which looks like little Lego blocks stacked on all the surrounding hills. The citadel is a great place to spend a couple of hours just wandering around. The museum was also interesting. The citadel is included if you have a Jordan pass. We took a cab from our hotel in downtown and it cost 2jod to get up there then we walked back down through the houses and stairs to get to the Roman forum.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 19 February 2023
  • Jadranka P
    London, United Kingdom717 contributions
    Mixture of Roman and Umayyad ruins
    Overlooking the old town of Amman, sitting atop the hill is the Citadel, one of the iconic historical structures of Amman, which includes the impressive Temple of Hercules and the Ummayad Palace. I wish that we had a bit more time to explore the area. Absolutely beautiful .. There is a very interesting museum which is a worth a visit and near the entrance there is a small snack bar.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 27 February 2023
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Teresa C
Metro Manila, Philippines1,518 contributions
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
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, UK195 contributions
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
6 contributions
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
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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Jessabelll
New York City, NY147 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 16 October 2023
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Su W
49 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We walked round on our own. It would be helpful if there were more signs describing what each place was other than that it's stunning with 360 views around the city. The museum is well worth a visit as we.
Written 16 October 2023
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,569 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 14 October 2023
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Annie S
Portsmouth, UK224 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Defos worth a visit while in Amman. Not just for the ruins but the spectacular views of the city. Was really surprised by the Umayyad palace…. Also very cheap to get in
Written 14 October 2023
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,666 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 3 October 2023
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