Jordan | Amman Citadel


amman, jordan, amman citadel, jordan archaeological museum & gardensOur second outing in Amman was to the Amman Citadel, a National Historic Site housing nearly two-thousand-year-old ruins and the National Archaeological Museum, which contains artifacts from prehistoric times.temple of hercules, amman, jordan, amman citadel, jordan archaeological museum & gardensTower of Hercules.Perched atop one of Amman’s many high hills, the silhouette of the Citadel’s structures — especially the ruins of the Tower of Hercules — is one of Amman’s iconic landmarks. It is so neat to live in a city where the ruins of ancient civilizations are just right here, and very accessible by a short cab ride or even a long walk.amman, jordan, amman citadel, jordan archaeological museum & gardens, umayyad mosqueThe Colonnaded Street and Umayyad Mosque.We didn’t opt for a tour guide on this visit, but it might be nice to hire one for subsequent trips to really get the full history and explanation beyond the free brochure visitors receive as part of the 2-JD ticket price. We went on a self-guided tour of the Citadel’s vast grounds, including the Temple of Hercules, Umayyad Complex — including the mosque and the Jordan Archaeological Museum.amman, jordan, amman citadel, jordan archaeological museum & gardensFrom any vantage point, the Citadel grounds offer panoramic vistas of the Amman cityscape (not really a “skyline” since there are few tall buildings). In late morning, the cloudless sky was incredibly blue and the desert sun was very strong.amman, jordan, rainbow street, al quds falafel, jordanian foodAl Quds Falafel.After touring the Citadel for about an hour and a half, we walked down into the valley and up the other side to get to Rainbow Street, an area of shops and restaurants. We had a specific destination in mind for lunch: Al Quds Falafel, an Amman institution famous for its fried chickpea sandwiches. Yum.After lunch we meandered up the main east-west drag, distinguished by its traffic circles (first circle through eighth circle) and caught a taxi back to our apartment. Taxis are plentiful, affordable and safe — not to mention super-convenient without our car. The only issue is the language barrier, so being able to direct oneself around and motion straight, left or right is important.Do you like falafel?See more photos from the Amman Citadel.

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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