Qasr Azraq, Azraq

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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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  • Dry stone blocks architecture, with ancient stone portals. Gorgeous slabs fabrics also them with stone inserts. Like other sites in the place you visit in complete autonomy, shame about the traces of incivility as the markings and engravings on stone. In some of the rooms even traces of dirt. However, an experience not to be missed.
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  • the Castle or what there is in ruins after an earthquake in 1927. The entry door is superb and move it to lq close request a big effort Laurence of Arabia would have stayed there but no sign visible \Belle Court with room leftover...
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  • This castle worth a visit especially if you're in the area. It's probably one of the most important due to its size. Unfortunately it is very badly kept and at the moment I don't see his improvement. Quite the opposite. The interest is that it allows to see the principle of stone with system of gonad in stone door also. Very surprising, but without any doubt very effective.
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  • I have only seen this place from the road driving by. I've never had the opportunity to stop and get a tour from the local guide that will show you around for a few Jordanian Dinars. Even so as you can see from the pics it is a very ancient castle ruin and would be very interesting to walk through.
  • Great visit with Nader "the best guide in Jordan". Very informative. Sad to learn the former oasis has dried up due to the water being pumped to Amman.
  • Not much context or signage. Half baked poorly lit exhibit. Cool stone doors
  • It's alright. Poorly maintained. Local registered guide on site.but Google has more info. Not one of those spectacular castles. Parking space . If u just want to complete your bucket list for crusader castles then go ahead .
  • 2 JOD to visit. Local guide very friendly and knowledgeable.

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