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Address: Route 40, Amman, Jordan
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Looms in a sea of sand and nothingness.

Certainly not "in Amman" as TripAdvisor would lead you to believe, this site is a good 60 minute drive east from the city. Built in the year 710 and in a fairly good state of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
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Yerevan, Armenia

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Yerevan, Armenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Certainly not "in Amman" as TripAdvisor would lead you to believe, this site is a good 60 minute drive east from the city. Built in the year 710 and in a fairly good state of preservation, the large 2-story castle looms in a sea of sand and nothingness. The castle may have had some limited restoration, but it is not... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Located in the middle of the desert - seriously, from the upper level you can look in all directions and see nothing but flat sandstone desert. This was not so much a castle as a way station and the caravan route. There is little to no explanation, but you can wander throughout and imagine what it must have been like... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

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 

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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 

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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 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 

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Milano
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 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.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

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Amman, Jordan
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

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 

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