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“Best of 3 desert castles”
Review of Qasr al-Kharrana

Qasr al-Kharrana
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US$87.50*
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Private Tour: Desert Castle Tour of Eastern Jordan from Amman
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US$138.00*
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Private Tour: Desert Castles from the Dead Sea
Ranked #10 of 86 things to do in Amman
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Well-preserved 1000-year old architectural gem - looks like real medieval castle, but little to see inside. Amra is small, non-castle-like, but has beautiful frescoes/mosaics; Azragh has little going for it but history. 3-desert-castle tour a stressful hard trip for one day for amount you're seeing

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

The imposing two story building was probably never a fort but more likely a lodging place for weary travellers along the ancient trading routes.
It's been largely rebuilt and in fairly good condition, although much of the lining of the rooms has been long since destroyed by time. There are fragments still in a couple of the ground floor rooms if you look closely and these give an impression of intricate clay mouldings that covered the walls.

1  Thank Bruce M
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

the environment is lovely, the food is excellent, the service is good. it is recommended to have this experience and try the italian food, or on the top the famous mediterranean cuisine

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Reviewed 23 May 2014

The closest castle to Amman with restored walls and a mostly unrestored interior. Worth a visit but the others are not, particularly at this time. The farthest, Azraq, has little to offer. The middle castle is being renovated and most of it is off limits currently. I would look for something else to do if I had a do over.

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

There are different theories concerning the function of the castle: it may have been a fortress, a meeting place for Bedouins or used as a caravenserai. The outside walls show signs they were once plastered which was a defensive measure intended to make them 'slippery' and so difficult to climb, this is inconsistent with its use as a khan (inn). The latter is also unlikely as it is not directly on a major trade route of the period and lacks the groundwater source that would have been necessary to sustain large herds of camel.

Despite the unknown use it was put to, it is still worth adding to a round trip of other local castles etc.

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