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Qasr al-Kharrana

Amman, Jordan
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Ranked #9 of 29 attractions in Amman
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Richmond, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Well-preserved 1000-year old architectural gem - looks like real medieval castle, but little to see inside. Amra is small, non-castle-like, but has beautiful frescoes/mosaics; Azragh has little going for it but history. 3-desert-castle tour a stressful hard trip for one day for amount you're seeing

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Sydney, Australia
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58 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The imposing two story building was probably never a fort but more likely a lodging place for weary travellers along the ancient trading routes. It's been largely rebuilt and in fairly good condition, although much of the lining of the rooms has been long since destroyed by time. There are fragments still in a couple of the ground floor rooms... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

the environment is lovely, the food is excellent, the service is good. it is recommended to have this experience and try the italian food, or on the top the famous mediterranean cuisine

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The closest castle to Amman with restored walls and a mostly unrestored interior. Worth a visit but the others are not, particularly at this time. The farthest, Azraq, has little to offer. The middle castle is being renovated and most of it is off limits currently. I would look for something else to do if I had a do over.

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110 reviews 110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

There are different theories concerning the function of the castle: it may have been a fortress, a meeting place for Bedouins or used as a caravenserai. The outside walls show signs they were once plastered which was a defensive measure intended to make them 'slippery' and so difficult to climb, this is inconsistent with its use as a khan (inn). The... More

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93 reviews 93 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This castle we visited in the desert really gave us the impression of what it would have been like to find this 'inn' in the middle of nowhere, offering hospitality to travellers.

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Kharrana is one of the biggest well preserved desert castles in Jordan. Well worth the visit, but do it along with other desert castles on the way. Sadly, like the rest of these castles, no real facilities are present neither are there any efforts to promote them touristically. A desert gem laying there unappreciated!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We did a tour of several of the 'desert castles' on a recent visit to Jordan. Of all of them, this was probably the best preserved. It was very pretty and nice to wander around in. Like the other desert castles it is a bit at odds with its surroundings though: right next to a very busy motorway (mostly trucks... More

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Amman, Jordan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This one of the most well preserved desert castle between all of the desert castles in jordan . So impressive especially from the outside . But sadly there is no attention to it by ministry of Toursim in Jordan . You can see many names of people craved in walls in very chaotic and idiot way . in the inside... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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88 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Jordan's desert castles are not all castles and their purpose is often the subject of disagreement among scholars. This building reminded me of caravanserais in Damascus and being on a trade route it may have filled a similar function. whatever its role it is a delightful site worth combining with other desert sites for a day out of Amman. It... More

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