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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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  • This castle is one of the larger ones in eastern Jordan and it's right in the middle of the town of Azraq. There are upper levels throughout that you can climb up to and have different views of the ca...  more »
  • The Qasr Azrag lies on the road towards Iraq. You can combine a trip from Amman out with several other desert castles. The desert Castle also has a room, where archaeological objects are presented. Worth seeing, especially the wonderful stone doors. There muscular strength is needed! Combination trip worth it!
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  • Sufficiently well-preserved fortification of black basalt. Wonderful stay in Lawrence of Arabia it 100 years ago
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  • It's just one the most amazing castles in Jordan.Al- Azraq Casle is big, wide and very interesting. I have been here yesterday with all my family. We have really enjoyed the experience and took many pics. I do recommend visiting the Castle.
  • I didn't find this as interesting as some of the other castles I visited in Jordan. It's largely open and enjoy in the middle with some tumbledown walls around the outside. The black basalt walls set it or as being different and the connection with Lawrence of Arabia is interesting but that was about it for me. Guides are available.
  • I love this black castle
  • A place that is must to visit with the the other castles close to it
  • one of the most important and beautiful place to be visited in jordan ...