This historical site at the centre of downtown Amman on Jabal al-Qal’a (Hill of the Citadel), the highest hill in the city at about 850m above sea level, is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon.
Due to its vantage point, Amman Citadel boasts a wonderful view of Amman’s Roman Theatre, a famous landmark in the Jordanian capital. Amman Citadel also faces the Raghadan Flagpole. It is the largest flag and tallest flagpole in the world.
With only the remains of ruins of buildings, most notably those of the Temple of Hercules, Amman Citadel, occupied since the Bronze Age, is considered to be one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited places.
Other ruins are buildings from the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods. Besides the most striking Temple of Hercules, two major attractions in Amman Citadel are the Byzantine church and the Umayyad Palace.
The Jordan Archaeological Museum is located within Amman Citadel. It is home to a collection of artifacts, beginning with bones from prehistoric animals a million years ago, not only from Citadel itself but also the whole of Jordan’s other historic sites.
Admission ticket prices are:
250 Fils (Jordanian)
250 Fils (Arabs) – until 31/12/2017
JOD3 – International visitors
Tour guides are available to be engaged for about JOD15 or less. A knowledgeable guide can offer an informative tour that may enhance your visit.
Amman Citadel was one of the attractions visited by delegates of Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP). The delegation was on a humanitarian mission-cum-cultural exchange programme to Jordan from 23rd – 29th July, 2017.
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