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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
Description: The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for its ornate baths.
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Oswestry
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110 reviews 110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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London
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22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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Australia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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Albuquerque
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9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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24 helpful votes 24 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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New York City, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

I was the only tourist at the site that day making it all the more special. To stand in the hall in all it's painted wonder in silence was priceless. It stikes me as a cross between the Sistine Chapel and the painted halls of Abu Simbel. The ticket office and Bedouin tent outside seemed like something from a movie.... More

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Monterrey, Mexico
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This 8th Century castle, with Byzantine influence, is said to had been a country house for hunting grounds of the Umayyad caliphs. On July 2013, the place was packed with people, but sadly, few of them were visitors. An italian archeology team was doing a great effort in this hot enclosed building. Muslim faith was probably not fully established, for... More

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