The Citadel

The Citadel

Not only is the view over Amman most spectacular from here, but also the perfect place to attain some insight to the early times of Jordan as a country. On each of the four corners with the complex there are view boards that point out the sights below.
 
The ruins here are believed to date back all the way to the Bronze Age. It is where you can see partial standing Ummayad buildings dating back seven hundred AD. The ruins of the Mosques are fascinating and give a clear indication of what mosques looked like back in the day. The Archeological museum guards artifacts such as standing coffins and replicas of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It has an outstanding collection of artifacts and unique historical items collected from all over Jordan.
 
The highlight of the area would be considered to be the temple of Hercules. Here you can see colossal pillars and the Hercules hand which is a remnant of the statue that once stood there.
 
From the citadel, there are steps that lead you all the way down to the Roman Amphitheater below. It isn’t a challenging walk and signs are strategically placed to keep you on track. If you keep an eye out, you will see how the city of Amman has developed through all the years.
 
If there is one reason to make an effort to get up to the Citadel, it is for the wondrous views of the Roman Ruins, especially the Roman Amphitheater. At a mere cost of one Jordanian Dinar, it will be worth it.  This site is included in the classical tours of Jordan so you will be able to experience a guided tour with your professional tour guide and get firsthand knowledge of the Citadel and everything below that you spot with your eyes.