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Amman Citadel

Jebel Al-Qala
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Amman Citadel

Most visitors comment that Amman very much feels like a modern city but the Citadel, on the summit of Jebel al-Qala'a, puts the lie to that conception. Here you'll find extensive remnants of the city's many past incarnations. Evidence of habitation here stretches back to the Bronze Age. The collection of ruins include the great columns of Roman-era Temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church, and a large Umayyad era palace with a well-preserved audience hall. Over a mile of ancient walls stretch around the site in various states of repair.

Even untangling the many layers of Amman's history isn't your thing, it's worth coming up here for the views. Here, upon Amman's highest point, the city rolls out before you with its white stone houses creeping in regimented rows across the surrounding hills. It's a truly awesome sight, especially in late afternoon and sunset.