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The Desert Castles of Jordan

Jordan’s desert castles, beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture, stand testament to a fascinating era in the country’s rich history. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations, inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions, tell countless stories of the life as it was during the 8th century. 

Called castles because of their imposing stature, the desert complexes actually served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centres, resort pavilions and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. Several of these preserved compounds, all of which are clustered to the east and south of Amman, can be visited on one – or two-day loops from the city.


Al-mshatta palace “winter palace”

Der Al-Mshatta-Palast ist eine der Wüstenburgen, die von den Umayyaden erbaut wurden. Dieser Palast liegt fast 32 km südöstlich von Amman und wurde 744 n. Chr. vom Umayyaden-Kalip al-Walid bin Yazid erbaut und ist von einer 144 Meter langen quadratischen Mauer umgeben, die aus 25 kreisförmigen Türmen besteht.

Qasr al-harrana/al-kharanah

Named Al-Harrana Castle as it is positioned in the Al-Harrana Valley; the square fortress was resurrected during the reign of Al-Walid ibn Abd al-Malik. 

The castle has been restored several times as a result of the constant invading empires. Located on the international road on the way to Azraq, visitors are encouraged to get medieval and explore inside the fortress walls.


Qasr amra

Built during the reign of the Umayyad caliph Yazid bin Abd al-Malik, who is considered to be the sixth caliph of the Umayyad successors, Qasr Amra is believed to have been a location to aid in hunting. 

With the preservation of castle carvings and fresco paintings the Qasr Amra is sure to be a castle experience unlike the others.

Qasr burqu’

Der von den Römern erbaute Palast wurde, um die Kontrolle über eine Süßwasserquelle zu erhalten, und wurde mit Dampfbewässerungskanälen gebaut, die alle Räume und Einrichtungen erreichen. Qasr Burqu' ist eine Wüstenburg im Gouvernement Mafraq und wartet darauf, entdeckt zu werden.


Qasr al-hallabat

One of the most important, distinguished archaeological sites in the Middle East, and originally  a small Roman fortress  built to protect the Nova Trajana route. 

It was occupied in 106 AD and was part of Limas Arabicus, the then Arabian Peninsula. In the fourth century, the castle was enlarged and protected by four towers, possibly during the reign of Diocletian.

Qasr hammam al-sar’h

Qasr Hammam al-Sarah, auch bekannt als der Östliche Hallabat-Palast, befindet sich in der Stadt Zarqa, nördlich der jordanischen Hauptstadt Amman. Das Schloss, ein Badehaus der Umayyaden, wurde vom Kalifen Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik im frühen achten Jahrhundert n. Chr. erbaut.


Qasr tuba

Qasr Tuba ist ein Umayyadenpalast, der trotz Erosion und Zerstörung einen großen Teil seiner Struktur erhalten hat, da er sich auf einer kommerziellen Route befindet, die Balqa mit der Arabischen Halbinsel verbindet. Historiker haben das Schloss auf die Herrschaft von Walid ibn Yazid zurückverlegt.

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