Amman Citadel

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Discover 6,000-year-old archeological wonders and some of the best views of Amman, one of the oldest-known cities in the world,

On the highest hill in downtown Amman is the Citadel, an impressive complex of ruins dating back to the Neolithic period. The ruins reveal architectural influences from the Iron Age and the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods.

At the southern end of the complex is the Temple of Hercules, built between A.D. 162-166. This temple is larger than those of ancient Rome. Walk through the colonnaded entrance to the inner sanctum and then move on to stand by the large stones on the cliff edge, where there was once a staircase, and look out at the panoramic views of the city. Nearby are the white knuckles of an enormous marble hand, thought to be a remnant of a huge statue of Hercules.

The Umayyad Palace, believed to date back to the eighth century, is the best preserved of the buildings and the most impressive in the complex. Walk through the courtyard and the wide colonnaded street and enter the domed audience hall. Within the palatial complex is the governor’s house with a throne room.

By the palace is the Umayyad Cistern, which supplied water to the surrounding areas. The cistern once held approximately 250,000 gallons (950,000 liters) of rainwater. Follow the narrow stairs along the cistern wall, all the way to the bottom, to get a sense of the depth of it.

Also in the complex is the National Archeological Museum, where you can see an impressive selection of artifacts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, a 6,000-year-old skull and the Ain Ghazal statues, which are some of the earliest sculptures ever discovered. South of the museum is the Byzantine Basilica. Walk between the columns on either side of the nave and look over the crest to see the remains of the Roman Temple of Hercules.

The citadel is a 20-minute walk from Amman’s downtown. The best way to get to there is by a taxi. If you walk to the citadel, note that the trail is steep and rocky, so wear good walking shoes.

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Jordan Tower Hotel
Jordan Tower Hotel
2 out of 5
Building No 48, Hashemiyeh Street, Hashemiyeh, Amman
The price is $31 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
$31
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
Stay at this hotel in Amman. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.6/5 Good! (119 reviews)
"El hotel esta centrico de todo lo que hay que ver , no esperen un hotel de lujo pero si eres de llegar a dormir y salir desde muy temprano te lo recomiendo. El hotel cuenta con tours a diferentes partes de Jordania y te incluye un tour de 2 horas caminando por Amman"

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The Amman Pasha Hotel
The Amman Pasha Hotel
3 out of 5
4 Al Shabsough Street, Amman, 11181
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Amman. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
3.8/5 Good! (345 reviews)
"The hotel was in a great spot for walking around, with the amphitheater and citadel a few minute's walk during the day, and the nearly market for walking around at night. The tours offered by the hotel were significantly cheaper then tours offered by other hotels, and the drivers were pleasant and ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

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Khan Khediwe Hotel
Khan Khediwe Hotel
3 out of 5
Quraysh St., Amman, Amman Governorate, 11141
The price is $65 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
$65
per night
Dec 14 - Dec 15
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Amman. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Nymphaeum and King Hussein Mosque are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (6 reviews)
"Perfect downtown location at a reasonable price"

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

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