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Address: Azraq Oasis, Azraq, Jordan
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Originally built as a Roman fort, this castle is built of basalt and later...

Originally built as a Roman fort, this castle is built of basalt and later rebuilt by the Mamelukes in the 13th century.

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Grim and dark

After the bright yellow stone of Qasr Kharrana and Quseyr Amra, the castle at al-Azraq is dark and gloomy by comparison It's also a less complete ruin so takes a bit of... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2017
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 castle's architecture. There is also some information in one of the rooms about the history of the castle and some of... More 

Thank 25wanderlings
Amman Governorate, Jordan
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

This amazing castle was impressive for its size and for the black basalt stones that construct it. You can walk all through it and also visit a small museum housed within the castle which has some interesting artefacts and also some well-written information boards about the castle and its origins. This castle is quite unique amongst the castles on this... More 

Thank R0hanL
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

After the bright yellow stone of Qasr Kharrana and Quseyr Amra, the castle at al-Azraq is dark and gloomy by comparison It's also a less complete ruin so takes a bit of imagination, unless you're enthusiastic to learn the history of the place. There are some small exhibitions in one of the intact chambers. It's easy to find as it... More 

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

Build by the Romans, used by the Arabs and Lawrence ! In reasonable condition, so you can wander in and out (and on top). I was particularly impressed by the massive, solid stone doors that actually still swivel !

Thank Dirk W
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

Right on the main road in the northern reaches of Azraq, the staff don't seem to care about people coming and going and there's no information anywhere. There are however a bunch of blocky rooms surrounding a big courtyard. There are some worth exploring and some precarious rock stairs that can get you upstairs at some points.

Thank mrdom
Gouda, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

this castle ruin is different from the other desert castles. it's another color and bigger. It's in the middle of Azraq and really easy to find. we paid 1/2 dinar with the whole family: 2 adults and 3 young kids (2,4 and 6 years old). the kids could run, climb and play and loved the place. there is a lot... More 

Thank Peppel L
Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

If you saw the movie " Lawrence of Arabia" you have to come here because this place was a piece from this story but this is not the only reason to visit the castle.

Thank AnaGB78
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

Interesting ruins in an interesting tour of 3 Desert "Castles". A bit of climbing around but not bad. Warm day but reasonable for November. Need good shoes and hat.

Thank WeLov2Travel45
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

This castle was built by the Romans in blue/black basalt stone in the middle of an oasis. It most recent significance is during the 1st world war as T. E. Lawrence's headquarter, who poetically described the castle in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Today the setting is practically ruined by modern developments but once through the original Roman stone doors one... More 

Thank LucyCarvalho
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 16 April 2016

This castle is large, full of different rooms to explore and downright dangerous in parts. Keep an eye on the kids, as the floors have the occasional hole in them. Because of this, it's heaps of fun and adventure for the whole family. See this castle as part of a day trip to several Eastern Castles.

Thank Oz t

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