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Qasr al-Kharrana

Amman, Jordan
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Ranked #10 of 30 Attractions in Amman
Type: Ancient Ruins
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New York City, New York
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
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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Amman
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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58 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
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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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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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Oswestry
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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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Zürich
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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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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 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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London
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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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