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Quseir Amra

Azraq, Jordan
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Azraq
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for its ornate baths.
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New York City, New York
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
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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Melbourne, Australia
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
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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New Hyde Park, New York
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

One of a number of sand castles probably used as hunting retreats. The inside is covered with paintings in excellent condition and there is no limitation on photographs. Well worth visiting.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

we visited this place in april. its almost 80 to 90 kms from amman city on way to azraq and after qasr kerrana. it used to be the pleasure palace, hunting lodge, hammam all mixed in one for the old caliph muslim rulers. as per the guide its the only building built under the islamic rulers which has wall paintings,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Of all the desert castles we saw this one had the best interior paintings. Work was ongoing to restore them, but unfortunately through the years many people had felt the need to draw and carve their names all over them. I would still recommend a visit though.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We were to visit three so called 'Desert Castles' along highway 40 east of Amman. We visited the Kharana and Amra sites and we were on the way to the third site at Azraq when we asked our driver to stop so we could take a photo of an interesting road sign showing the distances to the Iraq and Saudi... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

My favorite of the Umayyad "castles". Rest area/bath house for travellers on Persia to Damasccus caravans in the 8th century, the interior is covered with awesome and most un-Islam like frescoes... well worth the long drive into the desert.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Jordan's desert castles, beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture, stand testament to a fascinating era in the country's rich heritage. They are Called castles because of their imposing stature....Basically they were night halt points for the silk route caravan traders. They are of varying sizes. The beautiful paintings inside are awesome. Most of them are around Amman.... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Very few tourists the day I went here. It's an 8th century castle with Byzantine influence and allegedly used as a country house in the hunting grounds of the Umayyad Caliphs. The paintings on the interior make this place a must see.

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