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Originally built as a Roman fort, this castle is built of basalt and later rebuilt by the Mamelukes in the 13th century.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Azraq Oasis, Azraq, Jordan
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Reviewed 5 June 2019

Either read ahead before coming, walk around with guide-book in hand, or hire a guide. In any case, well worth visiting - though heavily saturated with tourists. - The history of the place is well-documented from Nabatean and Roman times through several Muslim empires to...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 16 May 2019

Qasr Azraq was originally Roman castle, built of basalt stones. Later it was fortified as a defense against Crusaders. It was quite big and even if it was destroyed you get imagine how it could be before. Lawrence had there his headquarter over winter during...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 April 2019

Historic structure that T.E. Lawrence spent some time in during WWI. The structure is pretty bare, though most of it seems intact. The basalt that makes up the building block of the castle is interesting.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank teddy1014
Reviewed 13 April 2019

It's a fortification with a vast courtyard. Bigger than one would expect, but not very high, not built in a splendid way, and not vastly impressing. Fine to see, but probably not worth a separate visit.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 31 March 2019 via mobile

Quite a big castle area with some rooms to look in and stairs to climb for views. The rooms above the gateway which were allegedly T.E. Lawrence’s base were restored and so were some of the other areas in the castle. The major earthquake of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 22 February 2019 via mobile

Three desert castles are located close to each other making it a great day trip. It’s interesting to see the amazing ruins—made from basalt. The employee was available to answer questions.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 29 August 2018

After visiting Qasr Kharana and Quseyr Amra, the Desert Castles tour leads you to this castle, built with black basalt stones that look quite different from the bright yellow stones of the previous two castles. It is also a less complete and well maintened ruin...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We drove to this military castle of the Ummaids built by Greek Romans. We have the jordan pass but i think this castle is free to enter, no one was checking us. There was a guide who is from Azraq who gave us alot of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank archlav
Reviewed 22 May 2018

I’m always blown away by structures built centuries ago (this one built in the 4th century) that still sit proudly for present day man to see. These ruins are fascinating and worth seeing as a tour guide spends as much or as little time with...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

This was our third stop in our desert castle adventure. No explanations of anything available despite every guide book mentioning the use of the castle by Lawrence of Arabia. We spent five minutes here and were done. City is built all the way around it...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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