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Quseir Amra

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Description: 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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Beautiful Frescoes

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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London
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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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