In pictures: Amman’s historic Citadel
Jordan’s metropolis of nearing three million residents, Amman is a city of rising skyscrapers and manic traffic sprawling over 19 hills. But within all the trappings of modern urban life you can still find a taste of its history on top of the city’s tallest hill. Amman Citadel – or the Jebel al-Qala’a – shows off some of Amman’s 7000 years of history as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. There are remains from a Bronze Age fortress, Roman temple, Byzantine basilica and an Umayyad palace, all built over each other over the years. Some of the most stunning remains are of the Roman Temple of Hercules, where you can still see a hand at the base of the columns that was part of the temple’s huge statue of Hercules. Amman might have grown since then, but it’s still the best place to get a view across the city.