About Umayyad Palace

The architecture and aesthetics of the Umayyad Palace were developed by the caliphate in the heartlands of Syria and Palestine. This style is a mix of pre-Arabic Middle Eastern influence on Byzantine architecture and the caliphate's own innovations. The result is a unique style that focuses on reusing already-existing buildings and materials to create something entirely new. It is why this palace is so different from all others in Jordan. The restored domed entrance chamber, also known as the "kiosk" or "monumental gateway", is the best example of its ancient day's magnificence. It is located at the northern section of the upper Jabal al-Qala in Amman. Although a major part in ruins it's still a treat to witness such a classical form of construction.

Must See

  • Improvised Fifth or Sixth Century Ruined Town: A glimpse of the ruined Byzantine church and a town from the fifth or sixth century.
  • On The Hill: The huge Umayyad Palace complex stretching over the north face of the hill.
  • Impressive domed entrance hall: Decorated with stucco colonnettes and Persian-style geometric patterns.
  • Colonnaded Street: The private residential quarters of the ruler of Amman. 
  • Byzantine church

How to reach

It's better to hike up the steep hill and while the path is largely paved, it is not as smooth. You can catch a taxi from the city, it should cost you 1-2 JD.

 

Tips

  • Dress to walk a lot, even if you take a taxi to the destination.
  • Don't forget sunscreen and a hat.
  • Carry drinking water.
  • Get an English-speaking local guide if you can.

Visit Time

Sunday                         9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Monday                        9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday                       9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Wednesday                  9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Friday                          Closed

Saturday                     9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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Waiting Time

No waiting time required

 

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Entrance Fee

Yes

Part of the Amman Citadel, tickets for the entire complex costs 3 Jordan Dinar for foreigners and 0.25 JD for locals.

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Time you can spend

2 to 3 hours

 

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Weather

Clear Sky 23.76°C

 

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