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Qasr al-Kharrana

Address: Amman, Jordan
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Ranked #9 of 25 Attractions in Amman
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

If u want to see a glimpse of the historical victory of the Sassanian over the byzantine empire then fallow the traces into Qasr al-Kharrana where Khosrau II once stood and order to build it for a deafness militaristic reasons which betrayed him after a 20 years of occupation . u don't need to pay a fee and its on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

A nice small and well preserved (reconstructed?) Desert Castle which was once thought to be a desert Inn. This made for a quick but relatively interesting visit for about 20-30 minutes while exploring the many rooms (I think > 100 rooms) within this complex.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Not really a castle, possibly a fort, this imposing thick walled structure dates from~710 AD, lots of rooms -- really big! -- restored and just a masterpiece well worth visiting on the desert castle tour...it is located in the middle of what seems like nowhere, but quite an experience to imagine life here long ago...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

History in the middle of the desert .... its more value for the people they concerned of the castle.s ...

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Richmond, Virginia
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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