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Address: Azraq, Jordan
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for...

The eighth-century castle built on a desert caravan road is most famous for its ornate baths.

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It doesn't look impressive from the outside due to the colour and size but wait until you go inside and prepare to be wowed! Small so they only allow 20 people in at a time ( we... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, China
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360 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It doesn't look impressive from the outside due to the colour and size but wait until you go inside and prepare to be wowed! Small so they only allow 20 people in at a time ( we were the only two there during that 1 hour trip) The door was locked so we went and asked them to open it-... More 

Thank WMBandit
Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not really a castle or palace. It's small hunting house with beautiful fresco - and the most interesting part - nude women on one of the room. Not special if it was built by Roman. considering the location, era and culture at that time, it is amazing fresco. Can't imagine what the naughty prince did in his room after hunting.

Thank wisnu315
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We did the castles on a Saturday morning (smart, cause the sun will get you in the afternoon) and highly enjoyed the back story to each of them. Going early also minimizes the number of tour buses. You don't need to rent a car, you can hire a driver easily for around $50JD for the half day and take your... More 

Thank renesam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

On a day of desert castle tours, Qasr Amra was our final stop and it was well worth it. We brought along a picnic and ate at the site. The person working at the site, the King of the Desert (he claims one of the princes of Jordan gave him this name due to his encyclopedic knowledge of the desert... More 

Thank 25wanderlings
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Underwhelming windy day. Don't go expecting a 'tour' as such. The Ummayed bath house is seriously interesting and its unlikely one will be jostled by hoards of tourists or souvenir sellers. The restoration work is very well done indeed and the frescoes are quite vivid, though some earlier archaeologists like Alois Musil felt quite free in trying to detach fresco... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Amra sits north of highway 40 about midway between Azraq and Qasr Kharrana. It's fairly small but visible from the road. We got our joint ticket at Qasr Azraq which also covers this and Kharrana. It's not a castle at all. It was a rest house, bath house on the main east west route. The shape outside is striking -... More 

Thank tarostra
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Not a castle but a rest house / hunting lodge. Well persevered with a interior consisting of colourful frescos and mosaic flooring. Outside the building there is a very deep well and what's left of a bath house.

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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

I found the "Desert Castles Tour" a bit underwhelming, but the fresco's here made it worthwhile. The lower parts are badly damaged by the usual graffiti, but the ceilings and arches are beautiful. We had nobody to explain about them, and that would have made it even more interesting. There was nobody there at the time, which makes it great... More 

Thank Dirk W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Not big but has a very deep well and a small bath complex with great frescos and some mosaic flooring. Many are worn away and unfortunately covered in graffiti (censorship?) but it's well worth seeing. The building requires a key and the attendant may prefer to hand it over to a random visitor rather than open up himself.

Thank mrdom
Buhl, Germany
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Top stuff, good to find in maps, best building ever in the dessert, good visitor center, unique frescoes, very good guide, interresting history.

Thank Markus M

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