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Address: Azraq, Jordan
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for...

The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for its ornate baths.

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Worth the half day trip

We did the castles on a Saturday morning (smart, cause the sun will get you in the afternoon) and highly enjoyed the back story to each of them. Going early also minimizes the... read more

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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the castles on a Saturday morning (smart, cause the sun will get you in the afternoon) and highly enjoyed the back story to each of them. Going early also minimizes the number of tour buses. You don't need to rent a car, you can hire a driver easily for around $50JD for the half day and take your... More 

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41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a day of desert castle tours, Qasr Amra was our final stop and it was well worth it. We brought along a picnic and ate at the site. The person working at the site, the King of the Desert (he claims one of the princes of Jordan gave him this name due to his encyclopedic knowledge of the desert... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Underwhelming windy day. Don't go expecting a 'tour' as such. The Ummayed bath house is seriously interesting and its unlikely one will be jostled by hoards of tourists or souvenir sellers. The restoration work is very well done indeed and the frescoes are quite vivid, though some earlier archaeologists like Alois Musil felt quite free in trying to detach fresco... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Amra sits north of highway 40 about midway between Azraq and Qasr Kharrana. It's fairly small but visible from the road. We got our joint ticket at Qasr Azraq which also covers this and Kharrana. It's not a castle at all. It was a rest house, bath house on the main east west route. The shape outside is striking -... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Not a castle but a rest house / hunting lodge. Well persevered with a interior consisting of colourful frescos and mosaic flooring. Outside the building there is a very deep well and what's left of a bath house.

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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

I found the "Desert Castles Tour" a bit underwhelming, but the fresco's here made it worthwhile. The lower parts are badly damaged by the usual graffiti, but the ceilings and arches are beautiful. We had nobody to explain about them, and that would have made it even more interesting. There was nobody there at the time, which makes it great... More 

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Thank Dirk W
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Not big but has a very deep well and a small bath complex with great frescos and some mosaic flooring. Many are worn away and unfortunately covered in graffiti (censorship?) but it's well worth seeing. The building requires a key and the attendant may prefer to hand it over to a random visitor rather than open up himself.

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Buhl, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Top stuff, good to find in maps, best building ever in the dessert, good visitor center, unique frescoes, very good guide, interresting history.

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Nashville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We had an extra day in Amman and arranged this "castle" tour. Quit interesting. We actually did this in November 2012. As to whether it is a good attraction to thrill seekers, it depends on the type of thrill. Seeing road signs pointing towards Baghdad was enough of a thrill for us.

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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

This building was built around 711 by the Umayyad caliph Walid, who also built the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and the main mosque of Damascus. It was part of a palace/hunting lodge and comprises rooms decorated with frescoes picturing naked women, cupids, fruit trees and musicians - an earthly Paradise. Walid's successor ordered its destruction a few years... More 

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