Iraq Al Amir

Iraq Al Amir, Amman: Address, Iraq Al Amir Reviews: 4/5

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Claire F
Heraklion, Greece6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This amazing site is a little off the beaten track but we'll worth the drive. My husband and I were the only ones there on a warm February afternoon. There is no entrance fee, the guard is helpful & opened up a video viewing room for us to watch a short graphic design film made by the French Archaeological team who excavated & reconstructed the site, it really helped our untrained eye see the full glory of the villa/palace.
The building is a marvel & wonder of engineering, determination & sheer strength; the lion, panther & eagle carvings on the exterior walls are highlights. The drive & setting are beautiful too.
Written February 12, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
Jan 2020
Iraq Al Amir (which translates to Caves of the Prince) is the name of both a village located outside of Amman and a series of caves cut into the cliff-side. These ancient caves date to the 2nd century BC and were used for burials, shelter, stables and storage. A stone staircase provides access to caves located on both the lower and upper levels. It was raining when our Gate 1 tour stopped here for a brief visit. The caves we visited were empty, although our guide mentioned occasionally the caves are occupied with goats or sheep. The experience was somewhat underwhelming, especially in the rainy weather. Still, if you’re in the area, stop in for a look, it’s free. One interesting call-out is a cave that has the Aramaic name ‘Tobiad’ carved over the entrance. Archaeologist believe this refers to the family of Herkanus, who ordered the construction of the nearby palace Qasr al-Abd. Nearby is the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative, where our group had lunch. Make sure you stop at the co-op to support these wonderful ladies, they are they are 5+ stars!
Written March 30, 2020
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DrRamiIrani
Jordan348 contributions
Aug 2019
30 minutes drive to this unique place. More than two thousand years old yet relatively well preserved. Few minutes away you can enjoy a delicious meal; but you need to reserve in advance in Iraq Al Amir women CO-op.
The entrance to the castle is free.
Lunch in the coop is to be paid for
Written August 11, 2019
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ashishdeora123
Jodhpur, India434 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
tiny village nothing special to see just cave and kids can do climbing there its almost 40 km from city centre
Written March 5, 2019
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U5M4N1
Birmingham, UK64 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
This is about a 40 minute drive from Amman, it's a small castle and there are no guides or any information about the site. Not worth a special visit as there isn't much to see, especially after a long drive. Also, there is no entry fee.
Written July 25, 2017
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OMAR906
Yemen158 contributions
May 2017
This Attraction contains a Palace which was built in the second century A.D. with amazing and fabulous decoration.
Written June 27, 2017
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scotsaunders
Amman, Jordan16 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
On of the magical things about Jordan is history in the midst of a beautiful landscape - different landscapes - in a way that can surprise. The site of Iraq al Amir is an archeological site in the middle of a village. Not something spectacular that you would fly to from another country. But notable, interesting and on the edge of the mountains that lead to the dead sea. Just beyond, you feel that you are outside Amman, in the middle of the desert mountains and with many different hiking opportunities. If you enjoy sites that give you a feel of history and of geographical context (and walking) so close to Amman, then I would try it.
Written January 12, 2017
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I7294WDnancya
Hartford, CT113 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Seeing this site alone won’t give you the perspective you need. A guide can tell you the story of how a tax collector built this huge home for himself with influences from Roman and Greek architecture that you can see in the carved animals in the structure— falcons, lions, etc
They have a room to show a quick video explaining the site and what it originally looked like, but unfortunately it’s in French only with no subtitles.
Written March 23, 2019
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Nandini76
Amman, Jordan9 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
We love coming to this area from Amman on weekends... it is a very laid back location, and this kids love climbing around the caves, just shortly before the location.
The women cooperative opposite the caves is definitely worth a visit. They do beautiful pottery, and can make you some lunch if you book ahead.
Written January 6, 2019
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valzebub
Pittsburgh, PA309 contributions
Jun 2018
Much smaller than I anticipated. Worth a short drive out of Amman if you are living there, but not worth it for tourists. There is too much else to see in Jordan! Some nice carvings of lions and the women's pottery collective nearby is worth a stop if in the neighborhood.
Written July 24, 2018
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