Qasr al-Kharrana, Amman

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Built around the year 700, Qasr al-Kharrana remains one of the region's earliest examples of Islamic architecture, as well as one of its most-recognized desert castles. This site serves as a popular attraction near Amman, drawing visitors with its well-preserved limestone appearance. While touring this attraction, don't miss viewing the upstairs graffito, an engraved wall marking that dates back to 710. Before you head to Amman, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Amman tourist route planner, to make sure you see all that Amman has to offer, including Qasr al-Kharrana.
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  • July 23, 2017
    All the desert structures are called "Castle" (actually palace in Arabic). In this case, it is an old hotel on the caravan route to Baghdad. It's in great shape and right off the road. It doesn't take...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    This Caravanserai is located on the crossroads towards Syria. in excellent condition, you can also visit the inside and see the diversity of housing.
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  • June 19, 2017
    Do not miss this excursion and go as fa as Al Azraq. On the way back take the road to Al Zarqa and you will have the chance to see a couple of interesting ruins.  more »
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  • February 13, 2017
    One of the better and more complete castles. There wasn't a huge amount of information but it's a very complete and impressive building that you can easily spend an hour touring around. Easily accessible too.
  • April 30, 2017
    The Desert Castles, some 60 km East of Amman, include Qasr Kharana, Qasr Amra and the Al-Azraq Castle. Although we call them castles, they used to be shelters for caravans, caravanserai, and merchants. Each of the castles is different; Qasr Kharana feels somehow lonely, Qasr Amra walls and ceiling are covered with exquisite frescoes, Al Azraq Castle, the biggest of the three, is a true fortress, built of black basalt, and used to be the desert headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Great Arab Revolt. Start your day at Qasr Kharana, don't miss the small Qasr Amra, end your tour in Al Azrag and stay one more day to visit the Wetland Reserve (check its review and go before it's too late .... the ecosystem is highly endangered.)
  • October 5, 2016
    This castle is one that is easily accessible if you take the 'desert castles' circular drive out of Amman, and is one of the best I think. It is an imposing site with surprises inside like well preserved mosaics. Worth the drive for sure.
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