Modern, buzzy Amman does a better job than Damascus or Jerusalem of hiding its ancient origins, but Philadelphia (to give the city its original Roman name) does have some notable antiquities.
Foremost among them is the Amman Citadel, built on the summit of Jebel al-Qala'a, the highest of Amman’s seven hills. It has had an extraordinarily long life as a fortress, with evidence of Bronze Age usage, while the remnants of a Roman site, including the Temple of Hercules, are still very much in evidence. This Citadel has also been a royal residence, as indicated by the ruins of the 8th century Ummayad palace, with its largely intact domed audience hall built on the site of a Byzantine basilica.
The Citadel makes a great vantage point over the rest of the city, an especially impressive sight at sunset or at evening as the lights twinkle on Amman’s sloping hills.
Tours & Tickets
Get to know Amman and the historical treasures of Madaba and Mt Nebo on this half-day private tour! Traveling with a knowledgeable private driver, head to ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
See the best of Jordan’s capital and ancient city of Jerash on this private half-day tour from Amman! Admire the impressive hilltop Citadel and Roman Theater ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Experience ancient and modern Amman on this private 4-hour city tour! Settle into a private, air-conditioned vehicle and witness the fascinating different ... Read more
Duration: 4, 6 or 8 hours