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In pictures: Amman’s historic Citadel

The Roman citadel in Amman, Jordan

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.

The Roman citadel in Amman, Jordan

The Roman citadel in Amman, Jordan

The Roman citadel overlooking Amman, Jordan

Temple at the Roman citadel in Amman, Jordan

Hand sculpture at the Roman citadel in Amman, Jordan

The Roman citadel in Amman, Jordan, at sunset

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  1. The hand is fantastic, Lucy! And I love that last shot. Many more goodies to come…

    November 27, 2012
    • Lots more indeed! Funny to think that hand was once part of a huge statue, it must have towered over the city.

      November 28, 2012
  2. Beautiful images Lucy! I love the B&W’S!

    November 27, 2012
    • Thanks Karen, the B&W does give a different effect and add a bit of drama.

      November 28, 2012
  3. I love how you’ve added a dramatic black-and-white flair to my favorite photo of this post! Glad to see you’re enjoying Jordan!

    November 27, 2012
    • I had a really great time thanks, bit of a shock to be home to the English winter after a week of sun though!

      November 28, 2012
  4. Ah, the Jordan posts begin. I am going to be glued to these 🙂

    November 27, 2012
    • I’ve got enough lined up to last me well into the New Year!

      November 28, 2012
    • Good! 🙂

      January 1, 2013
  5. This is impressive Lucy. Jordan always impresses me as a definitive destination for the history of the Middle East. I just so love the thought that they have these for us to see. Thanks for sharing this to us.

    November 27, 2012
    • There is so much history all around you in Jordan, it’s a remarkable place.

      November 28, 2012
    • yes and I remembered having written to the late King and he replied to me many years back. Since then, I had been an avid fan of Jordan.

      November 28, 2012
  6. missmadaboutravel #

    Jealous! Your pictures are impressive and Jordan is one of those countries I am dying to visit… I agree that the Black and White adds dramatism to the photos

    November 27, 2012
    • Thanks, Jordan was fantastic and such a photogenic place, so there are lots more to come!

      November 28, 2012
  7. Fabulous shots – The full Hercules statue must have been incredible, love the hand shot and the way you’ve framed the second photo. Good stuff and looking forward to more of the same 🙂

    November 28, 2012
    • I wish the whole statue was still there, it must have been quite something. Still the hand and the views were pretty spectacular even without it!

      November 30, 2012
  8. Great photos!! They made me more excited that I will be going there in January. I look forward to reading more on your trip there!

    November 29, 2012
    • Thanks, there should be lots of photos and posts to come – hope you have a fantastic trip in January too!

      November 30, 2012
  9. Lovely post! I heard many people say that Jordan is a fascinating country. I should go! 😉

    December 9, 2012
    • I’m sure you would love it! There’s so much to see for such a small country, I only managed a taste of it in my week there.

      December 10, 2012
  10. Mike #

    Love it Luce. Thanks so much for sharing tips and photos. I’m heading to Jordan over Christmas You’ve been more helpful than my friends that live in Amman!

    December 14, 2013
    • That’s great to hear! Hope you have a fabulous trip, it’s a really fascinating country.

      December 16, 2013

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