Quseir Amra

Quseir Amra, Azraq

Quseir Amra
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
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The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for its ornate baths.
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David G
Exeter, UK108 contributions
Worth the Detour
Nov 2021 • Couples
We finished our stops in Amman and decided that we would head out towards the desert ‘castles’ before returning to Madaba for the night.

Although it’s a 170km journey there and back, I’m very happy we took the time out to visit this ruin.

It’s a very pretty ruin of a hunting lodge with a deep well, baths and reception rooms. The paintings inside are superb, considering their age, and are very well preserved.

The colours are still visible with much of the wall of ceiling intact.

An incredible piece of history, seemingly randomly built in the middle of the desert.

Whilst the drive out there is dull and does seem to go on forever, the ruin is worth the effort and I would implore people to take time in their schedule to go and see this piece of history.
Written November 11, 2021
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kr0elle
Amman, Jordan938 contributions
A must-see
Feb 2021
It's simply stunning how well the frescoes in this small castle have been preserved. Equally impressive is the artistic style and the variety of motifs which gives you a profound (and surprising) insight into life at the time. As with all the castle, explanations are scarce, so you would need a quite or revert to the services of the friendly Bedouin family who (at least at the time of our visit) were camping nearby. Definitely a must-see in Jordan.
Written February 16, 2021
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LegalRover
1,862 contributions
Beautiful frescoes
Mar 2020
Quseir Amra is worth a stop if you are heading east on Hwy 40 towards Azraq. Even though it is referred to as a castle, it was an old hunting lodge and bath house during the Umayyad period - the first Islamic caliphate. Today, the bath house (hammam) remains. It is well preserved and has some beautiful frescoes which include Byzantine style portraits and hunting scenes accompanied by Greek and Arabic inscriptions. The Italians have been working to restore the frescoes for the last 10 years.

It takes just over an hour to get to Quseir Amra from Amman. It is referred to as part of the "desert castle loop" but I am not sure why it is referred to as a castle since it is a bath house (maybe the name stuck from over 1300 years ago). You can't miss it while on 40 since the entrance is only a few meters from the highway. Of the handful of sites that are part of the "desert castle loop" I think this is the most worth visiting. The castles in the loop primarily have most of the outer walls remaining and the interior is rubble whereas Quseir Amra has a well maintained exterior and has beautiful frescoes that you will not see elsewhere.
Written February 6, 2021
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AparnaK
Frisco, TX390 contributions
Nice Qasr with lovely frescoes
Mar 2020 • Family
The second castle on our desert castle tour . Doesn’t disappoint . Just that for a visitor it throws you off to see the officials sitting and smoking hookah !!
This is a UNESCO site with frescoes and I hope they do everything to preserve it well . Hunting lodge back then and now it just sits there close to the highway reminding you of the erstwhile Umayyad that once lived and travelled these very same streets.
Written April 16, 2020
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sllim2015
Singapore, Singapore340 contributions
Interesting Ruin
Feb 2020
This UNESCO world heritage palace served as a bathhouse and hunting lodge during the 8th century. Inside, its halls and ceilings are covered with a number of paintings, depicting the lifestyles of Arab princes. The castle is not crowded at all and we had the whole place to ourselves, taking beautiful pictures!
Written February 10, 2020
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Vandy10
Bangalore, India168 contributions
Probably the best of the desert castles
Feb 2019
Easy to miss as you drive by, if not for the domes that are eye catching in the desert. This 8th century property was not a castle but served as a hunting lodge and bathhouse. From the visitor center you walk down to the domed sandstone building. There were not many visitors when we visited and we could admire the wonderful frescoes and rooms. The frescoes are well preserved, colourful, interesting and emotive. The representation of the zodiac is apparently the earliest known. Definitely worth the visit.
Written January 29, 2020
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Susan S
Jerusalem, Israel155 contributions
Compact Artistic and Historical Gem of 8th C Umayyad Caliphate
Dec 2019
Incredible monument and academically researched at a high level. Frescoes beautifully preserved of this hunting spa-bath lodge. Mosaic floors of throne niche still intact. Really wonderful and can't say enough. The washrooms tho were a disaster- filthy, unsanitary all over the floor. For a unesco heritage site this needs to be corrected.
Written January 7, 2020
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AlexisChan
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
A small but fascinating old ruin
Dec 2019
believed to be a bathhouse that was part of a much larger walled estate belonging to one of the heads of the Umayyad caliphate. The buildings don't look like much from the outside, but the real treasure is an exquisite collection of early Islamic art, painted on the walls and ceilings in colors that are still bright, 1300 years later. The style of these paintings shares much with the local Byzantine art, and is fascinating in the way it shows how much religious views can change over time.
Written January 3, 2020
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RosieScribblah
Swansea County, UK99 contributions
Beautiful frescos in the desert
Dec 2019
Husb and I travelled to a lot of fascinating places during our recent trip to Jordan including Qusayr’ Amra, a desert castle, pleasure palace and UNESCO World Heritage site in the east of the country. It’s about 1,700 years old and it’s interior is covered in magnificent frescoes, unusually for a Moslem country because they accurately represent animals and humans. The use of patterns in some of the paintings is very contemporary.
Written January 2, 2020
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jakeb66
Cwmbran, UK47 contributions
Desert castles
Nov 2019 • Friends
World heritage site dating from 8th century.
A world apart! Stunning bit of history. About an hour from Amman. Not much there apart from visitors centre, but certainly worth the journey. In the middle of the desert so be prepared for rough terrain and no shade
Written November 7, 2019
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