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Amman Citadel: Jabal al-Qal'a

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The Citadel officially known as Jabal al-Qal'a is perhaps the most visited attractions in Amman offering breathtaking views of the metropolis. It is located on the city's highest hill and was once the site of a fortress and a palace for commerce (agora) with Artefacts dating as far back as the Bronze Age. The Citadel is still surrounded with 1700m-long walls, rebuilt many times during the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods. 1. Thousand years of history: Settlement extends over 7,000 years 2. World's oldest continuously inhabited place 3. At the crossroad of three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam 4. The Citadel is a national historic site in the heart of downtown Amman 5. Located on top of one of the city original seven hills 6. Known in Arabic as Jabal al-Qal'a, (جبل القلعة) Some of the Citadel key sights include: 1. Temple of Hercules: Roman period remains with 33-foot tall columns 2. Ummayad Palace: impressive Mosque Built around 730 3. National Archaeological Museum: collection of antiquities from all over Jordan 4. Byzantine Church: dating back to the 5th centuries 5. Hercules's hand: remains of a statue that stood at the Temple of Hercules 6. Breathtaking views over the Roman theatre and Downtown Amman