If you are in Amman, it is very much worth visiting Desert Castles as a half day excursion. The castles are scattered throughout the desert located east of Amman and are not “castles” as we might expect them to be. They are buildings which are isolated and were used either as caravan stations, hunting lodges or secluded baths. Most of them were built in the period of Umayyad dynasty as their desert retreats for princes who were of nomadic origin, dating back to 7th century. We have visited two of them, Qasr Amra and Qasr Kharaneh, which are nearest to Amman, app. 65 km drive. The architecture is amazing and especially the one of Qasr Amra which is UNESCO’s listed site, which is covered by beautiful fresco paintings in its interiors. Fresco paintings are showing bathing scenes, cupids and are most probably painted by western artists. Qasr Amra was used as a bathing place, with complete infrastructure visible – water tank, pipes and system which was extracting water from the well to the tank – very amazing indeed!!
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October 26, 2012
Thank you for your positive comments regarding Jordan's castle tour, a highlight of Jordan. The Jordan Castle Tour is the ideal Tour to see the UNESCO’s listed site, World's Heritage Site-Qasr Amra and the 2nd largest Crusader Castle in the Middle East--Kerak Crusader Castle.
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We hope to see you back in Jordan soon.
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