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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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  • Qasr Al-Kharanah is a fortress completed around 710 AD however its original purpose is debated. The most widely accepted opinion is that it was used as a inn for traders, as the internal design doesn'...  more »
  • Of the so-called Desert Castles this is the most castle like. Well preserved exterior lying by itself in rather featureless terrain is certainly dramatic and the interior courtyard is very peaceful. C...  more »
  • We saw a few desert castles they were all different but each had its own charm, some were less intact than others but all worth seeing.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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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  • Could use some attention