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Qasr al-Kharrana

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Address: Route 40, Amman, Jordan
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In the middle of nowhere

this is a great example of a desert way-station fort. There is nothing else around it and you can tour the whole thing in about 15 minutes. If you have gone this far make sure... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Toledo, Ohio

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Mexico City, Mexico
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53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Castle "lost" in the middle of the desert. Imposing place from the 710 AC. It is really worth the visit.

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Toledo, Ohio
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is a great example of a desert way-station fort. There is nothing else around it and you can tour the whole thing in about 15 minutes. If you have gone this far make sure you go down the road a little further to Qasr Amra which is a great old lodge built around the same time period and is... More 

Thank AbuKyle
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It may look like a castle from a distance but close up its nothing like a Crusader-type military fortress (think Kerak). If it offers protection from anything it would probably be the sun, & wind etc. There's very little on site interpretation and the remaining structure poses lots of questions about its missing components, as well as the way the... More 

Thank Armchairgardener
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179 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

A great place to spot DESERT. So flat all around for so far with no vegetation, when manned many years ago there would be no problem spotting anyone or anything, but what this castle was really used for no one seems sure of. Most say it was more of a roadside inn although it appears well fortified. It is a... More 

Thank traveller2australia
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175 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

It was built in the middle of nowhere as a caravanserail on trade route. Well restored, a small castle that deserves a short visit. It's part of the classic three-main-castles visit, along with Qusayr Amra and Qasr al-Azraq.

Thank maxscuba
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

One of three 'desert castles' we visited as part of a Classical Jordan tour with Mercury Holidays. Interesting example of a caravanserai stop on the old trade route. Worth a visit but it won't take too long.

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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Rented a car in Amman and drove there .... First of 4 other castles I visited that day and it was worth the trip. Never seen anything like that ever. Just the trip across the desert to get there is amazing and then, once in the location, the place is a great sample of architecture, particularly if you consider that... More 

1 Thank byronflores
Amman, Jordan
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I've been to the site so many times over the years and the latest renovations have absolutely killed it. The lower level is still intact and still provides the same atmosphere of an old archeological site while the higher level and the roof are like an old lady who had a totally disastrous plastic surgery. The people who made the... More 

1 Thank LaithEM
Louisville, Kentucky
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Beautiful architecture, amazing ruin. It's literally in the middle of nowhere, so I suggest combining this with other Desert Castles in a day trip from Amman. Wonderful history!

Thank svcfrog
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a long way out of Amman and not for the feint hearted to find, I would not go for just this castle but make a day of it and travel between four or five castles. Once there it is free to walk around and it truly is an access all areas, even to being able to stand on... More 

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