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Quseir Amra

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Address: Azraq, Jordan
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous...

The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for its ornate baths.

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Very small but reasonably well preserved.

Originally a fortress and a residence. Has some wonderful frescos but many with quite a bit of damage, even after restoration efforts. There is a well outside, and inside is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015

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179 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Originally a fortress and a residence. Has some wonderful frescos but many with quite a bit of damage, even after restoration efforts. There is a well outside, and inside is a reception hall and hammam with changing rooms and warm and hot rooms. There has been more damage recently outside from desert sandstorms and inside from flooding as the building... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

A very nice small castle with interesting frescos (some of them simply amazing) most of them on a restoration plan. It really deserves a visit, as part of a classical desert castles tour.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

My wife and I visited this site as one of three 'desert castles' on a Classical Jordan tour with Mercury Holidays. This was a hunting lodge and clearly a place to have a good time. Interesting frescoes.

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Amman, Jordan
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is Avery beautiful site to visit , but unfortunately most of the paints are damaged You can merge the visit to see other places

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Reston VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The second of the three Eastern "castles", this was actually a hunting lodge rather than a defensive fortress. We came during the summer and found it closed. But a local Bedouin got us the keys and told us to lock up when we were done. How many people get to hold the keys to a World Heritage Site?? Amazing inside... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This small building in the middle of the eastern desert is a testament to the new found wealth and undeveloped artistic culture of the early Islamic caliphs. the building was constructed to support the Umayyad caliphs when they would leave Damascus to go hunting. The interior is decorated with exquisite illustrations, depicting all manner of daily life as well as... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a very small castle with some good frescoes still quite visible. Worth a visit and the most interesting of the 3 desert castles.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Built ~711 AD, restored frescoes of non-religious themes cover the interior depict the unexpected and are noteworthy for that slice of life, but also because none of the other desert castles have any interior decoration outside the edifice itself...can even see a well that was used to draw water near the main building...very interesting in terms of architecture, art and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Diverted here by Americans we met over dinner, we really enjoyed this remarkable but tiny site. In fact we were so intrigued by the museum that we almost missed seeing the buildings themselves because they were due to close. The friendly guide hurried us in and what a fabulous experience. Certainly time has taken its toll but given their age... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Just a fraction is left of the original castle and buildings of which the one remaining was a mere country cabin used as a Royal retreat. The inside is adorned with frescoes which were in the process of restoration during our visit so difficult to see through the scaffolding. Worth a look but perhaps not worth a special trip to... More 

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