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“Beauty in a desolate place”
Review of Qasr al-Kharrana

Qasr al-Kharrana
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Private Tour: Desert Castle Tour of Eastern Jordan from Amman
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Private Tour: Desert Castles from the Dead Sea
Ranked #10 of 84 things to do in Amman
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
London
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“Beauty in a desolate place”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

We did a tour of several of the 'desert castles' on a recent visit to Jordan. Of all of them, this was probably the best preserved. It was very pretty and nice to wander around in.

Like the other desert castles it is a bit at odds with its surroundings though: right next to a very busy motorway (mostly trucks heading to Iraq) and an electrical substation.

Nonetheless, if you are up for a bit of a drive into the desert, dodging trucks, it's worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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Amman, Jordan
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“this is Sasanian not Umayyad”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

This one of the most well preserved desert castle between all of the desert castles in jordan . So impressive especially from the outside . But sadly there is no attention to it by ministry of Toursim in Jordan . You can see many names of people craved in walls in very chaotic and idiot way . in the inside to big point which destroyed in way the magnificent feeling in it . JUST to correct some information . this is built by the sasanian persian empire when they defeated the Byzantium romans to keep their positions in that area . as you can see it built in very sasanian style SO it wasn't built by the umayyad dynasty as it says when you gonna visit it . and in that Time that area wasn't total desert . Just to know .

Visited March 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Delightful visit”
Reviewed 14 March 2014

Jordan's desert castles are not all castles and their purpose is often the subject of disagreement among scholars. This building reminded me of caravanserais in Damascus and being on a trade route it may have filled a similar function. whatever its role it is a delightful site worth combining with other desert sites for a day out of Amman. It is a great pity that radio masts have been erected so close to a site where part of its history is its relative isolation. That said, a walk around allows the visitor to imagine its use when camels were the major means of transport and the site of Qasr al-Kharrana on the horizon would have been welcome indeed.

Visited March 2014
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Historical and beautiful”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

This place is pretty amazing. It's only a few JD to visit this site and I think it's amazing that it's still standing after so long! The Qasr is just off the highway that follows the route of the ancient silk road and is impossible to miss. It's crazy to think how many thousands of people have walked through the rooms and hallways of such an ancient structure.

Visited November 2013
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Amman, Jordan
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“Bad Restoration”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

The attempt to reconditioning this Old Palace went very bad, I hate to see modern touch or materials being used on an old thing, it is just not right in my opinion.. the palace is one of several palaces that was used by the Ottoman Caliphs.

Visited October 2012
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