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Address: Azraq, Jordan
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 November 2016
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank s1151
Mermaid Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank mrdom
Buhl, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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.

Thank Markus M
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Coimbatore, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

Another of the pleasure palaces that you'll stop on a day long desert castle loop, Amra is interesting because of it's colourful frescos. You can see many paintings on the ceiling and walls that depict the life of the inhabitants in the olden days. There will be guides at the site who work on tips but it's not forced. So... More 

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Mellieha, Malta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Really good to see this. You can see Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantean, Egyptian influences. Very well preserved thanks to the smoke from the Bedouin fires so the Iconoclastics missed these. There's a local guy (unofgocial guide) who is very enthusiastic to tell you about them. Worth him showing you around as you see more. Read the signs in the visitors centre... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

This bath house was an unique experience. However, our visit gave us a very bad impression of the bedouin people. We had a short/obese happy bedouin man give us a tour - it was okay but his english was poor and we actually had a hard time understanding him. We tipped him afterwards anyway and he invited us to their... More 

1 Thank Lisa F
Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

From outside, you can not believe that it is a jewel, but once you stepped inside you change your opinion. The guide was very funny and he told us many stories about this place .

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