Qasr al-Azraq is a large fortress located in present-day eastern Jordan. It is one of the desert castles, located on the outskirts of present-day Azraq, roughly 100km east of Amman.Its strategic value came from the nearby oasis, the only water source in a vast desert region. The name of the fortress and associated town came from these. The settlement was known in antiquity as Basie and the Romans were the first to make military use of the site, and later an early mosque was built in the middle. It did not assume its present form until an extensive renovation and expansion by the Ayyubids in the 13th century, using locally quarried basalt which makes the castle darker than most other buildings in the area.Later, it would be used by the Ottoman armies during that empire's hegemony over the region. During the Arab Revolt, T.E. Lawrence based his operations here in 1917–18, an experience he wrote about in his book Seven Pillars of Wisdom. The connection to "Lawrence of Arabia" has been one of the castle's major draws for tourists.ArchitectureThe castle is constructed of the local black basalt and is a square structure with 80 metre long walls encircling a large central courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard is a small mosque that may date from Umayyad times. At each corner of the outer wall, there is an oblong tower. The main entrance is composed of a single massive hinged slab of granite, which leads to a vestibule where one can see carved into the pavement the remains of a Roman board game.For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Azraq holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Qasr Azraq and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Build by the Romans, used by the Arabs and Lawrence ! In reasonable condition, so you can wander in and out (and on top). I was particularly impressed by the massive, solid stone doors that actually s... more »
Wüstenschloß, in dem auch Lawrence von Arabien einige Zeit verbracht hat. Von außen spektakulärer wie von innen: Festung größtenteils von Erdbeben zerstört.Desert Castle, in which also Lawrence of Arabia spent some time. From the spectacular and the inside outside: Destroyed fortress by earthquake.View original
Beinahe auf Schritt und Tritt trifft man auf Lawrence of Arabia, Auch in diesem Wüstenschloss hat er einige Monate verbracht. Es ist eine interessante, auch wieder sehr gut (teil) restaurierte Anlage.There are almost step on Lawrence of Arabia, he spent several months even in this desert Castle. It's an interesting, also very good (part) restored plant.View original
It was fabulous.
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Fussarl JBlack Castle, made of black basalt. T.E.Lawrence lived, there was room.View original
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