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Address: Azraq, Jordan
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for...

The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for its ornate baths.

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Relaxation according to the Umayyads

This building was built around 711 by the Umayyad caliph Walid, who also built the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and the main mosque of Damascus. It was part of a palace/hunting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2016
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Nashville
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an extra day in Amman and arranged this "castle" tour. Quit interesting. We actually did this in November 2012. As to whether it is a good attraction to thrill seekers, it depends on the type of thrill. Seeing road signs pointing towards Baghdad was enough of a thrill for us.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

This building was built around 711 by the Umayyad caliph Walid, who also built the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and the main mosque of Damascus. It was part of a palace/hunting lodge and comprises rooms decorated with frescoes picturing naked women, cupids, fruit trees and musicians - an earthly Paradise. Walid's successor ordered its destruction a few years... More 

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Coimbatore, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Another of the pleasure palaces that you'll stop on a day long desert castle loop, Amra is interesting because of it's colourful frescos. You can see many paintings on the ceiling and walls that depict the life of the inhabitants in the olden days. There will be guides at the site who work on tips but it's not forced. So... More 

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Mellieha, Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Really good to see this. You can see Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantean, Egyptian influences. Very well preserved thanks to the smoke from the Bedouin fires so the Iconoclastics missed these. There's a local guy (unofgocial guide) who is very enthusiastic to tell you about them. Worth him showing you around as you see more. Read the signs in the visitors centre... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

This bath house was an unique experience. However, our visit gave us a very bad impression of the bedouin people. We had a short/obese happy bedouin man give us a tour - it was okay but his english was poor and we actually had a hard time understanding him. We tipped him afterwards anyway and he invited us to their... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

From outside, you can not believe that it is a jewel, but once you stepped inside you change your opinion. The guide was very funny and he told us many stories about this place .

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

Bath house/hunting lodge... with very unique mosaics on walls ceilings. Today the area is very dry but when it was built there was abundant supply of water. 40 meter deep well fed baths and fire pit is very interesting, as is art work. I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to visit. Tour guide Hakam/Hakeem (sorry, sp?) was very... More 

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Ede, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

The former palace of the King, where he used to come for hunting, is now nothing more than a pile of stones. But the bathouse still remains and is almost completely intact. Mubarak, the guard of the place, is a very friendly Bedouin and loves to show you around and tell you about the history. Outside the bathhouse looks a... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Being one of the five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Jordan, you would expect there to be a lot of hustle and bustle around the place. Far from it! The good part about this is that you get to see this unique little gem all by yourselves without any disturbance. Quseir Amra is part of a larger castle, remnants of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Out of the three castles, Amra, Kharana, and Azraq, this stop was absolutely the most impressive. Compared to the other two, Amra is less dominating from afar, but once up close you find out just how much of a treasure this place is. Inside the main structure you will find paintings and murals in extremely good condition. Some are being... More 

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