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Ummayed Palace

Known for its dramatic domed ceiling, this 8th-century palace complex is among the most fascinating sites on the Citadel hill. 

The most striking feature of the Umayyad Palace complex is its dome-topped entrance hall. Visit this marvelous structure, which has stood for well over a thousand years, to immerse yourself in history and see some absolutely beautiful views.

Built in approximately A.D. 730 by Umayyad Arabs, the palace originally served as the residence and offices of the governor of Amman. In A.D. 749, after just a few decades in use, the palace was destroyed by an earthquake and left in ruins. The impressive dome you will see here today was reconstructed by a Spanish team in the late 1990s. There was much controversy surrounding the construction, as some experts did not agree that the hall would have had a domed roof in the 8th century. While the truth is still unknown, the effect is dramatic and photogenic. Remember to bring your camera when you visit. 

Begin your visit on the southernmost side with a walk through the entrance hall. This is the best-preserved building in the palace complex. Built over a Byzantine church, the hall was constructed in the shape of a cross. 

Continue past the entrance hall until you reach a large plaza and a street lined with columns. This path once led to the office buildings and residences. Archaeologists believe there are nine rooms, but only four have been excavated so far. 

Grander accommodations were reserved for the governor of Amman. Continue on the colonnaded path and you will reach the residence. Although the structure is in ruins, it’s not hard to imagine the palatial setting. There was once a large plaza here alongside a domed throne room where the ruler held audiences.

Find the doorway at the back of the palace that opens up to a plaza with views over the hills. This space was likely reserved for the governor’s personal use. 

Buy one ticket to gain entry to all the buildings within the Citadel complex, including Umayyad Palace. Note that admission is free with a Jordan Pass. 


Guide to Exploring Ummayed Palace


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