Amman to Desert Castles
From: 65 JOD
This Day trip starts from Amman Hotel to visit the Desert castles of east Jordan, the driver will be waiting at your hotel reception at your preferred time we suggest 9:00 Am, pick you up and drive for about an hour and a half to Qasr Amrah sometimes called Qusair Amra, a UNESCO’s world heritage Site, he stops at the Bedouin tent in front of the entrance and let you to explore the site for 30 minutes.
Qasr Amrah is actually a bath house which was a private retreat for the Muslim caliphs,it is decorated with frescoes and luxurious flowers and fruits, naked musicians, and wild hunting scenes.
After that a 10 minutes away is Qasr Kharaneh where you can visit the site for another 30 minutes ,and finally to Azraq castle where you can enjoy the site for another 30 minutes and from there driving back to Amman takes about an hour and a half.
The Price is inclusive all the following; Driver and car, gasoline & driver personal expenses, taxes & does not include entrance fees to sites which is paid directly at each site entrance office.
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Amman to Desert Castles
The castles were built between the 7th century and 8th century, roughly between 660 and 750, under the caliphs of the Umayyad dynasty who had made Damascus their new capital in 661. The majority of the castles lie on the ancient trade routes towards Medina and Kufa.
The castles are partly rebuilt from earlier remains and partly new constructions. The function and use of the buildings are yet today not quite determined, scholarship has suggested that they might have served a variety of defensive, agricultural, residential and commercial purposes. There are different theories concerning the use of the buildings. They may have been fortresses, meeting places for Bedouins (between themselves or with the Umayyad governor), badiyas (retreats for the nobles) or used as caravanserais. Many seem to have been surrounded by an oasis and to have served as bases for hunting.
The castles represent some of the most impressive examples of early Islamic art and Islamic architecture, and are notable for including many figurative frescos and reliefs and people and animals, less frequently found in later Islamic art on such a large and public scale. Many elements of the palaces are also on display in museums in Amman.
Most of the buildings are now destroyed. Among the better preserved are:
- Qasr Kharana, about 65 km (40 mi) east of Amman
- Qasr Amra, about 85 km (53 mi) east of Amman
- Qasr Azraq, about 100 km (62 mi) east of Amman