Qasr al-Kharrana

Qasr al-Kharrana, Amman

Qasr al-Kharrana
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Kcmenon
Manama, Bahrain278 contributions
Nov 2021
One among the desert castles. Almost 2 hours drive from Amman. Not a must watch but is part of the 06 desert castles just to complete the round trip. Length of visit 30 min max. Entry ticket part of Jordan Pass and also can be brought from the information centre for 03 JD(entry to all desert castle included one single ticket)
Written December 22, 2021
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Susan S
Jerusalem, Israel155 contributions
Dec 2019
This castle does not disappoint and it was a true shelter from a severe dust and wind storm. It is an Umayyad castle from the 8th century and once inside has been somewhat renovated. The owner of the land on which it stands is in the Bedouin tent next door. Very hospitable and try the chai tea.
Written January 7, 2020
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Aleksandra B
Amman, Jordan83 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
What a great experience!
Mubarak (the owner of the castle as he calls himself) was very kind and let us visit the castle after closing time.
We came late on the way back from Azraq to Amman.
This was our third desert castle visiting that day.
Mubarak not only let us in but he came to us and gave us a fun, useful and educational tour around the castle. Even explaining why this castle is “his”.
It was another amazing castle.
We all enjoyed it. Kids (6-11 years old) and parents equally.
In case you don’t get Mubarak to guide you, do pay are you to the ceilings and the wall decorations in different “suits” of what Mubarak said, was a caravanserai (or a motel of older times) long time ago.
We did read that it is not 100% sure that it was. Apparently, it was supposed to have bigger water storage place and it wasn’t on any major trade routes. There are assumptions that it may have been a representative place for local tribal meetings and Umayyad rulers.
What it is ruled out is that it was a military castle.
If it’s on your way or you like the history, go and visit it. It’s easily accessible and not far from Amman.
Written March 5, 2022
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sllim2015
Singapore, Singapore340 contributions
Feb 2020
Qasr-al-Kharrnah was an impressive structure to visit. The castle towers above the desert and is one of the best preserved desert castles, representing an example of early Islamic art and architecture. Best for photography.
Written February 10, 2020
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kr0elle
Amman, Jordan947 contributions
Feb 2021
Located in the middle of the desert, an hour's drive from Amman, this castle looks inconspicuous at first, but if you approach you will be baffled by this well-preserved time-journey into the age of the caravans. It's a nice place to explore. However, you would definitely need a guide, as explanations are scarce. Also, please do not let your children roam freely inside the castle as some parts aren't secured properly.
Written February 16, 2021
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Vandy10
Bangalore, India168 contributions
Feb 2019
The first desert castle we visited. It apparently was never a castle but served as an inn for travelers. A commanding structure from the outside but the inside is in a dilapidated condition. Still it is worth stopping here to explore, since it’s in the desert castle loop. We visited it on our own and reading up before hand is a good idea. Good for photography.
Written January 29, 2020
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AparnaK
Frisco, TX390 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
This was one of the first desert castles we visited . Considering that it is pretty out there they had quiet a few markings and boards explaining about the place . It was quiet and peaceful to visit . Although not too many details on the walls and everything considering when it was built it is still in good shape .
Written April 16, 2020
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JDSoui
Crowley, TX5,973 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
About an hour outside of Amman is a castle that served as an outpost. The 2-story design is unique. The narrow windows allowed air flow through the rooms and assisted in limiting debris, sand or unwanted objects inside. The short steps allowed for easy climbing. While remote, it is worth a trip to see and take in.
Written November 11, 2018
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sandbag7
Chicago, IL570 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
The closest castle to Amman with restored walls and a mostly unrestored interior. Worth a visit but the others are not, particularly at this time. The farthest, Azraq, has little to offer. The middle castle is being renovated and most of it is off limits currently. I would look for something else to do if I had a do over.
Written May 23, 2014
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Keefpb
County Durham, UK23 contributions
Apr 2012
Whilst not as impressive as Qasr Amra nearby, this is a must on the Desert Castles loop. This Qasr (Place) is most likely an ex-carvanaseri on the silk route. Whilst not heavily decorated, it has bags of atmosphere
Written September 3, 2012
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