Amman Citadel

Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • Address: Amman, Jordan
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +962-64638795
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Neighborhoods

Amman Citadel - Review

This hill, one of the seven that make up Amman, is of historical interest not just to the country of Jordan back to the entire human race. It has been settled by humans for more than 18,000 years as far back as the Paleolithic Age. After the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian occupations, the Romans came, and destroyed much of what came before them. Later the area was occupied by Byzantine and Ummayad rulers. It's a began to seriously decline after the thirteenth century. The highlights of the complex are:

  • Roman Temple of Hercules - From the 2nd century
  • Umayyad Palace - 8th century palatial complex
  • Umayyad water cistern - Huge hole in the ground with steps leading down, 1 super light water
  • Byzantine church - 7th century construct destroyed by quakes and with a few mosaics
  • Ayyubid watchtower
  • Also on site is an archaeological museum which has been covered as a separate attraction

You will find that ticket office on the road leading up to the entrance. It is recommended that you hire one of the license to guide to show you around. They are multilingual and really know the place. 

Amman Citadel Information

  • It is best to take a taxi up to the Citadel. The alternative is a steep Ascent on foot.

Amman Citadel Ticket Prices

  • Guides: JD15 

How To reach Amman Citadel by Public Transport

  • Drive or take a taxi to here.
  • There may be a bus station nearby.

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TripHobo Highlights for Amman Citadel

  • Amman Citadel Address: Amman, Jordan
  • Amman Citadel Contact Number: +962-64638795
  • Amman Citadel Timing: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Amman Citadel Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Amman Citadel(preferred time): 08:00 am - 03:00 pm
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Things to Know Before Visiting Amman Citadel

  • 51.31% of people who visit Amman include Amman Citadel in their plan

  • 75.73% of people start their Amman Citadel visit around 07 AM - 08 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Amman Citadel

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Amman Citadel

People normally club together The Odeon Theater and Jordan Archaeological Museum while planning their visit to Amman Citadel.

People also prefer to start their day with Amman Citadel.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Amman Citadel, Amman Reviews

  • Such a beautiful site with so much history vibe while walking around. You likely need 2 hours to really live the experience and enjoy the view of Amman. Unfortunately the site is close before sunset (summer time) but you can enjoy the view of the sun set if you get the chance to visit during winter time as opening hours are within sunset time. When you plan to visit make sure you have your own bottle of water as it is a bit difficult to get one inside while you walk around the site. Same with bathroom, just make sure you are done with that before visiting. Also make sure you wear comfortable shoes as walking itself is not easy

  • Great location to view the city, which is why it was built here. Unfortunately it is mostly in ruins. From looking at pictures and reviews we were going to skip this tour. I am really glad that we didn't. It may not be much and probably people don't appreciate it because there is not much left. However use your imagination, try to imagine what it took to build this structure on top of this mountain and the engineering involved. Also have a good guide to explain what is still there and what it used to be.

  • Absolutely beautiful. It’s so cool to see ruins and artifacts from very different periods all next to each other and see human progression. Loved the little museum as well! Go in the late afternoon when the light is lower for amazing photos of the city.

  • A great place to visit if you appreciate historical sites and ancient architecture. Its amazing to see that as far back as when the citadel was founded, they already had modern conveniences like a sewage system and city planning. I made the mistake of climbing up this spot at noon and became lightheaded due to heat. It would be advised to visit Amman Citadel in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid heat exposure. Bring your own water bottle.

  • Cost: 3JD if non local/no residency visa, .25 JD IF you’re a local/have an ikama! Hours: it was open at 9am in August Be prepared: there is little to no shade, so wear a hat/sunglasses/sunscreen since it rarely rains and there isn’t usually any cloud cover. Wear good, ideally closed toe shoes - it’s almost exclusively walking on uneven, rocky, rough terrain. The location is not well kept and the ruins aren’t well marked with information, so I suggest reading up on it before going or downloading an audio tour beforehand. There are local guides available for hire at the gate, but we cannot attest to how good they are since we’ve never hired one. The views of the city are incredible and it’s special to be up there when the mosques all around you are all issuing the call to prayer simultaneously.

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