Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and holiday rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Byzantine Church

Enjoy beautiful views across Amman from the ruins of this ancient church that has been used by some of the world’s most famous civilizations. 

Considering the Byzantine Church in Amman was built around A.D. 550, it is impressive how much of the original structure has survived. Visit the church to marvel at the architectural detail, including impressive columns and Greek inscriptions. 

The Byzantine Church is not a standalone attraction, but rather part of a larger set of ruins called the Amman Citadel. This structure was once one of the centers of Amman. See ruins from the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods here. In fact, the Amman Citadel is still considered to be one of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world.

When you first arrive at the Byzantine Church, the first thing you notice will be the columns flanking the sides in two rows. Notice the Greek inscription on one of the columns facing south. This column, and many of the building materials for the church, were reused pieces from the nearby Hercules’ temple.

Wander around the ruins and look down at the slabs underneath your feet. Take time to appreciate the craftsmanship and marvel at how such a sturdy structure was built in the days before modern technology and building methods.

Find the information board next to the structure that shows you the original layout of the church and tells you more about its construction. See if you can spot the semicircular apse that’s slightly separated from the church, as well as the rectangular rooms that complete the aisles. The mosaic flooring of the nave, a common feature during the Byzantine period, is now covered for protection. 

To get to the Byzantine Church, head to the Amman Citadel on foot or by taxi from downtown Amman. You must buy a ticket to access the site. Make sure you bring water with you, especially if you’re visiting in the heat, as there are not convenient places nearby to buy drinks. While at the church, stop to appreciate the view looking over modern day Amman and see what other landmarks you can spot. 


Guide to Exploring Byzantine Church


Top Hotel Deals

See all 439 properties near Byzantine Church
The House Boutique Suites £121
The House Boutique Suites

The House Boutique Suites

Abdullah Abu Qura, Amman, Jabal Amman
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Amman, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Coptic Orthodox Church, Amman Roman Theater, and Amman Citadel. King Abdullah I Mosque and Gold Souk are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Corp Amman Hotel £65
    Corp Amman Hotel

    Corp Amman Hotel

    Al Shmeisani, Queen Alia Street, Opposite Royal Cultural Center, Amman
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Al Abdali, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from The Specialty Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Amman Citadel and Amman Mall. Hussain Luna Park and Royal Culture Center are also within 15 minutes.

      The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana £140
      The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana

      The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana

      The Abdali Boulevard, Rafiq Al Hariri Street, Amman
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Al Abdali, this luxury aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Al Abdali Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Amman Citadel and Amman Roman Theater. The Boulevard and King Abdullah I Mosque are also within 10 minutes.

        Farah Hotel £25
        Farah Hotel

        Farah Hotel

        6 King Ghazi Street, Amman
           
          1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Amman, this hostel is steps away from Gold Souk and Amman Citadel. Amman Roman Theater is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.

          Riviera Hotel £39
          Riviera Hotel

          Riviera Hotel

          King Hussein Street, Amman
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Amman, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gold Souk and Amman Citadel. Amman Roman Theater is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

            The Amman Pasha Hotel £40
            The Amman Pasha Hotel

            The Amman Pasha Hotel

            4 Al Shabsough Street, Amman
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Amman, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Amman Citadel and Amman Roman Theater. The Boulevard and TAJ Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Hotel Name Samawer by Wynndham Amman Hotel £46
              Hotel Name Samawer by Wynndham Amman Hotel

              Hotel Name Samawer by Wynndham Amman Hotel

              17 Seqeleyah Street, Al Rabiyeh, Amman, Amman Governorate
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Amman, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gold Souk and Amman Citadel. Amman Roman Theater is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.

                The Cabin Hostel
                The Cabin Hostel

                The Cabin Hostel

                Jabal Al Qala 3, Amman, Amman Governorate
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Amman, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Gold Souk and Amman Citadel. Amman Roman Theater is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.