The Citadel in the middle of downtown Amman. Settlement at this location dates back over 7,000 years. Over this time it has been occupied by all three of the main monotheistic religions.
Jabal al-Qal'a, (جبل القلعة), The Amman Citadel is a large area in the middle of Amman. The grand archway of the ancient Temple of Hercules is visible throughout the city. Settlements at the site date back 7,000 years. We got a tour guide and walked around the site while he provided us an immense amount of information about it. The main temple building is said to have housed a massive statue of Hercules.
Jabal al-Qal'a, (جبل القلعة), Salpy standing underneath the main archway into the Temple of Hercules. American archeologists helped to erect these pillars from where they had fallen. You can clearly see the sections of the columns that were re-created so that the top stone could be ultimately placed back in its original position.
The size of the Hand of Hercules is a bit misleading. This statue was colossal. It would have reached nearly to the arched ceiling standing in the center of the temple.
The Front of the Temple of Hercules With Amman in the Background
A view of Amman and the amphitheater from the top of The Citadel.