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Qasr Azraq, Azraq

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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.
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  • The truth is that the place is disappointing. For starters, the place is not marked. It's walls demolished at the edge of a road, no appeal. Within the enclosure there was a peasant planting potatoes, incredible
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  • If you saw the movie " Lawrence of Arabia" you have to come here because this place was a piece from this story but this is not the only reason to visit the castle. 
  • Go very far, but it's worth it. We were lucky, we strolled across the territory alone and therefore it was possible to make good pictures. This trip should unite with all the castles of the eastern desert.
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  • Nice
  • It was fabulous.
  • The hottest place on Earth.
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  • Operated UTA je suis farancaa Lool
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