Citadel, Amman

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    The Citadel

    by MiguelMV Written Jan 9, 2006

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    Me at the Ummayd Palace, at Amman's Citadel

    Up in the hill that is in front of the Theatre is the Citadel. It is Amman's Acropolis. It has a roman temple (Hercule's temple), the Ummayd's Palace, a Byzantine church, some roman walls and the Museum of Archaeology. Very interesting to spend in the whole citadel about 2 hours looking and walking around the old monuments and at the museum. Also, the views from the old city that you can get from there are fabulous.

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    The Citadel

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 23, 2005
    Temple of Hercules

    The Citadel hill of Amman, known as Jabal el Qala, has been inhabited for centuries, important as a military and religious site. It dates back to Roman and Byzantine times, and later work was carried out in the early Islamic era. Remains unearthed at the northern and eastern ends of the Citadel, possibly date back to the Bronze Age. The Citadel also is home to the Temple of Hercules which is said to have been constructed under the Roman empirical ruler Marcus Aurelius who reigned from AD 161-180.

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    Dead Sea Scrolls

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jun 28, 2005

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    Dead Sea Scrolls

    Inside the National Archeological Museum you can see some scrolls of the Dead Sea. They were discovered in the caves of Qumran, near the Dead Sea, in the 1952. They were written on copper, papar and steel and they spek about religion and about a mistery treasury hidden between Hebron and Nablus.

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    The Citadel

    by Cristian_Uluru Written May 29, 2005

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    Amman as seen from Citadel

    The first things that you can see in Amman is the Citadel. It is locate on gebel al-Qalah and all around it you can see the roman walls and the Arabian ones. There is a great nice temple (Temple of Hercules), a Byzantine Church, an Umayyad Palace Complex and a very nice museum.

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    Jabal Al-Qala’a

    by Djinn76 Updated Dec 27, 2004

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    The site of Amman, ancient Rabbath Beni ‘Ammon, was occupied from as early as 8500-5500BC (pre-pottery neolithic).
    Settlements in the subsequent periods were revealed mainly on the citadel. This is a natural hill of 840m.
    After the annexation of the Nabataean kingdom by Trajan in 106 and the building of the Via Nova Tralana, Amman/ Philadelphia prospered being situated along this Roman road between Damascus and the Red Sea. In the Antonine period, in the 2nd century AD, Amman experienced reorganization as an urban centre based on a Greco-roman city plan, complete with an acropolis, temples and a lower city.

    The picture has been taken from the Jabal Weibdeh, one of the other 7 mounts on which Amman has been built.

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    The archeology museum

    by Djinn76 Written Dec 27, 2004

    On the citadel itself you can visit as well a small archeology museum. Don't miss this opportunity, some really nice pieces are exhibited there : statues, coins, jewel, mosaics... You can admire objects as old as several thousand years old or much more recent objects...

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    Amman Citadel

    by freya_heaven Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Amman and Hilltop Citadel

    Ammans Citadel stands on one of Ammans seven hills Jebel al-Qala'a.

    Unfortunately much of the citadel has long gone, but there are still plently of Ruins for you to wander around in where you can see evidence of Islamic, Byzantine and of course Roman construction.

    The Citadel is also a great viewing point to get you barings in Amman and over the Roman Theatre

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    The citadel

    by magiccarpet Written Feb 3, 2004
    Temple

    Whether it was a pre roman temple, a greek acropolis, a roman fortification, or an islamic palace complex u will find it at the site in downtown amman.
    up on the top of a mountain in commands views of old and new amman and its a definate must see.

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    the citadel

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 10, 2002

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    ruins of the temple of hercules

    Another roman sight of Amman lies on Citadel Hill. From there, provided you get a sunny day (not my case) you would have wonderful view across Old City and over the Roman amphitheater. In the distance, right in front of you, theorethically, you should also be able to see the black and white Abu Darwish mosque on top of Jebel Ashrafiah.
    What you could see, in every weather, are the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, the remains of the Roman walls and part of an Omayyad castle. There's also a small archaeological Museum.

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    Byzantine Church

    by xaver Written Jan 7, 2014

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    The Byzantine basilica was built betwen the 5th and the 6th century. The church has been destroyed by several earth quakes but still some mosaics can be seen there.

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    Amman Fortress

    by stevemt Written Jun 18, 2010

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    This is a must look at while in Amman

    It is accessible by walking, but a cab is probably easier for most people

    There is an entrance fee, minimal.

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    Citadel: landscape over Amman

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated May 29, 2005

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    The Roman Theatre and the Hashemiti Square

    Near the Temple of Hercules there is a great terrace that offer to you the opportunity to see a great view over Amman. You can see the Roman Theatre, the Odeon, the Hashemite Square and the old foro.

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    Cardo Maximo

    by Djinn76 Written Dec 27, 2004

    That was originally one of the main roman streets crossing the city.
    It has later been recycled in the Ummayyad Qasr as the way leading to the therms

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    Amphitheater at the citadel.

    by SueRivet Updated Aug 25, 2002

    Excellent views from the top, assuming you don't have a problem with vertigo. Not to be outdone by Assad's visage omnipresent in Syria, King Hussein's image graces the front of the stage.

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