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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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  • Little interest in light of the other 2 castles visited before. However if you are on the spot to visit the natural reserve of Azraq to see the result of the excessive pumping of water.
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  • Relatively well restored gives a picture of the castles of the desert A desert basaltiki filled with black stones used as the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia perhaps gives it a mystery
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  • On an expanse of black volcanic sand there is this lava stone fortress with a rock that runs on stone pivots. The original fortress remained a few rooms and a small museum in which exposes the results of archaeological work and the findings. What is certain is that the memory of the film about Lawrence of Arabia makes this place kinda magical. Not to be missed
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  • Black Castle, made of black basalt. T.E.Lawrence lived, there was room.
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