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“Well worth the trip out east” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Quseir Amra

Quseir Amra
Azraq, Jordan
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Azraq
Type: Ancient Ruins, Castles, Historic Sites
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Owner description: The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for its ornate baths.
London, United Kingdom
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“Well worth the trip out east”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Ok it is not a castle, but a royal hunting lodge and bath house for the Umayyed. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quseir Amra is the best preserved of the decorated Umayyad palaces.

The upper parts of the walls are covered with Fresco's. They are just stunning. Even after reading what the guide book said it still was amazing to see them. Looking out for the bear playing a banjo and the clapping monkey, the place is so worth it.

We did it as a day trip covering three of the places. This is properly the best way

The total cost to see all three is just 1JD

Visited May 2013
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“Nice...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

First Impressions: Not exactly a "castle" per se, but more a royal retreat for the Umayyed caliph during his dealings with the traditional Bedouin nomads at Wadi Butum. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quseir Amra remains one of the best preserved of the decorated Umayyad palaces and castles in Jordan. Located around 80 km east of Amman, it can be visited on a one-day loop from the capital city.

Liked: What sets the place apart are the preserved interior walls and ceilings of the palace, adorned with unique frescoes (pics of naked women -- in a Muslim country), and two of the rooms plus the hamman (a bath complex) are paved with colourful mosaics. Even the non-art historian will appreciate these decorations.

Disliked: Like many of Jordan's attractions, the sites are remote and far apart, requiring a special trip to get to each one. The fortress at Quseir Amra is in ruins with nothing more than its stony foundations remaining. Some walls have graffiti. The entire site is continuously being eroded by sand and water.

Visited May 2012
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Amman, Jordan
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“Breath Taking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

This small desert castle has had a very interesting history, the mosaics and paintings on the ceilings indicate it was some rich and influencial patron residence or hideaway.

A lot of grafiti on the lower walls but the awesome art shows a culture long forgotten

Visited February 2013
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“Worth a visit to see frescoes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

This so called desert castle isn’t really a castle but rather a royal retreat. It’s worth seeing for its frescoes depicting hunting, naked women and, in a bath chamber, a representation of the zodiac.

Visited April 2012
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“Stunning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Deserves to be rated as a top attraction in Jordan, at par with Petra and Wadi Rum. Of course it is tiny but We spent an engrossed hour here which lifted the mood for a very long time! See it to believe!

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