Quseir Amra
Quseir Amra
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The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for its ornate baths.
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Sue W
Ilkeston, UK1,187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This truly is a castle in the desert. It is well preserved with the well outside and the thrown room inside adorned with amazing pictures telling the stories of the time. It's a long way out into the desert but I thought it was worth it.
Written April 26, 2024
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Maria0Magdalena
London, UK552 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We took a drive from Amman to see this and two other 'desert castles.' Whilst undoubtedly fascinating, if you need to cut something from your Jordan itinerary, I would probably give this a miss. If you do go, go early morning as it gets super hot walking around the desert. You will then have ample time in the afternoon for downtown Amman.
Written October 27, 2023
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Annie S
Portsmouth, UK348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Part of an overall tour. Would have chosen to do this but it was actually well worth the trip. The frescos are pretty good. Was a sand storm while we were there so maybe make sure you have a scarf with you
Written October 21, 2023
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Sylva P
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Amazing early Islamic castle with unique decoration inside. Found by a Czech Orientalist at the end of 19 Cent. Alois Musil, alis Sheikh Músá. Nowadays an exhibiton on comics in EU is running in the Ras Al Ain - Hangar galery, where the comic on Alios Musil and his life by a Czech author Kristýna Košutová is on display. Come and see - exhibition, but definitely the castle itself - only hour away Eastwards from Amman.
Written May 13, 2023
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CasaRoscoe
Ottawa, Canada253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A visit to Quseir Amra doesn't take much time because it is such a compact venue. This 8th Century UNESCO World Heritage site appears suddenly in the middle of the desert after a 1 hr 20 minute drive from downtown Amman, and it must have been a very welcome sight for those travelling the ancient trade routes. One could get camels looked after, eat a decent meal, have a bath in the hammam, and maybe a frolic (if the well-preserved frescoes are any indication). The site is very popular with tourists, so if you are wondering how everyone will squeeze into the small space, just wait a few minutes and the crowd will clear out. It doesn't take long to visit Quesir Amra, but it's a visit well worth doing.
Written March 14, 2023
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Madalyn H
Huddersfield, UK1,860 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Well preserved high status house - with fantastic wall paintings, Well worth seeing as part of a day trip to the area.
Written November 24, 2022
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marriott946
London, UK820 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
A lot was said by our tour guide about this place and I'm sure in its day it served a purpose but I'm not sure what that purpose was?

Mosaics are many with a strange nude etching otherwise I'm confused.

If you are passing check it out but don't make a special journey.
Written November 7, 2022
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Lady Traveller P
Wellington, UK194 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
It is worth seeing as part of the history of Jordan. But it is definitely not a castle. The wall paintings show that it was probably a bath house of some kind. Worth a visit, but don't call it a castle in the desert. It is in the desert though. Watch out for the flies, they really are a nuisance.
Written April 28, 2022
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada26,541 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
A so-called castle which is "so tiny" that can kind of barely be seen from the parking area and my first impression approaching it (and really right up to entering it) was that I should still look for Amra Castle elsewhere from this small building, I would just say that I was "totally assured" once upon entering it (right after stepping inside) and seeing these "colorful & sizeable" fresco art scenes on the walls & also right above on the ceiling (featuring both wild animals and humans in like religious scenes & such), and be sure to turn left and go further inside where there are more of those scenes of beauty including those on the interior face of the dome above. And yes, apart from the "interior beauties" are also a few things right in front of the building (including a well).

The second of the "3 desert castles" visited, this was preceded by Qasr Kharana (one "sufficiently large" for a castle and where it was a good walk-around on its 2 levels inside) and followed by Qasr Al-Azraq (a nice-sized castle but just "empty space" inside its walls except some small areas along the peripheries as for the interior of that castle). And, it was a pretty nice deal offered by my hotel manager for transportation from Amman to all three castles for just about 55 JD (about a 1.5-hour drive to Kharana then just about a 10-minute drive to Amra then about another half-hour drive to Al-Azraq before about a 2-hour drive back to Amman).
Written March 10, 2022
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Aleksandra B
Amman, Jordan173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Easy access from the main road (Amman-Azraq) and easy drive from Amman.
We found no one at the entrance but decided to walk to the fortress and see if it was open. And it was.
Looking from outside, you’d never think how impressive it is once you get in.
It is a small place. It is said that it was a fortress with a garrison but also a residence/pleasure palace with the reception hall and hammam.
But again, just being able to enjoy those frescos from such a close distance is an unique experience.
Huge, super deep well in front of it is scary. Couldn’t watch inside of it for long.
I spent really long time inside of the fortress admiring frescos.
This fortress is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Written March 5, 2022
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