The Citadel

Amman As Seen From the Top of the Hill of the Citadel

The city was called Rabbath Ammon by the Ammonites (13th century BC).  It was conquered, in turn by, the Assyrians,  Persians, and Macedonians. The Macedonian ruler of Egypt, Ptolemy II, in the 3th century BC, renamed it Philadelphia. The city eventually came under Roman control.








This open cistern dates to 730 AD.  It is 58 feet in diameter and, according to various sources, hold from 250,000 to 360,000 gallons of water.


Colonnaded Street






Hand of Hercules








The Theater As Seen From the Citadel


The Theater




The Roman theater of Roman Philadelphia.  Built under the reign of Emperor Antonius Pius in approximately 155AD.




The Citadel As Seen From the Theater





The Market
















Amman          Ash Shubak         Jerash          Madaba         Petra

Pictures by Tom Aprille ( )