Qasr al-Kharrana
Qasr al-Kharrana
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Khamlia
Sweden19,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Qasr Al-Kharraneh was the first desert castle I visited.
It is not clear for what purpose it was built. Sort of like a Crusader castle or military fort, (Alois Musil, a Czech explorer and orientalist, visited the site a couple of times during 19 hundred century and was convinced a military stronghold that the building was used as a fortress), agricultural outpost and resting place for caravan travelers.
New considerations are that the building was that local Bedouin leaders met there.
The facades were intact with decorative courses of flat stones, one might say, not destroyed. It was built during the Umayyad dynasty. Inside there was a courtyard, different rooms and stairs. It was quite big and had 2 floors. Fantastic view from above.
But, it was a big shame, because there on the left side, about maybe 500 meters only it was a power station, which was terrible and I not only understand, why they built it so near this castle.
P.S. I have been there already in August 2016 but never wrote some review, so I better me now.

Written 28 May 2023
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CasaRoscoe
Ottawa, Canada251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Other than some military communications towers across the highway, there is literally nothing around Qasr Kharana (which is a good thing). Standing alone in the desert it is a very imposing building, Unfortunately, there is no signage onsite to describe what one is seeing. Well worth a visit if in the area, but don't plan to spend more than 20-30 minutes onsite.
Written 19 March 2023
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Madalyn H
Huddersfield, UK1,902 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
A very interesting fortified rest house east of Amman. Easy to visit with good facilities and good interpretation.
Written 22 November 2022
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Tony C
Bedford, UK1,143 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We visited the desert castle from Amman as of of a tour. You need a morning for the travel /viewing time and I would suggest it works with a half day tour of Amman.
The background/history of these castles does add to your visit so ensure you understand this.
They are in the middle of nowhere so these are destination places.
Despite their age they are in good condition and good to see.
Not a must see but a decent part of a tour
Written 15 November 2022
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marriott946
London, UK674 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Not the visit of a lifetime but lots of history attached.

It does look new from a distance but it's not.

Some of the rendering is ready to fall off so be careful.

You can wander which is good.

Written 28 October 2022
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Gordon R S
Oxford, UK226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Yousef (our driver) was determined to take us to every castle/citadel in the area and he didn’t disappoint … this was a remarkable building.
Written 10 October 2022
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barcelonian b
Barcelona, Spain150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
in the way of petra. its nice just a caravanserai in the middle of nothing. don't deserve a trip just to visit that
Written 21 July 2022
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Shiran D
London, UK41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I was lucky to enter the site without any person visiting the site. Fantastic historical place all in ruin and most of all the walls are full of graffiti
Written 22 June 2022
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982rodneyl
Grande Prairie, Canada164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A must for anyone interested in archeology, history, architecture. Unique features to deal with earthquakes and prevailing winds means it looks much like it did 2000 years ago
Written 24 May 2022
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada24,697 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Among the "3 desert castles" visited, the "most enjoyable" was this one for its "most indoor space" with two levels and multiple rooms to enter especially on the 2nd level from which there's also a good view of the "inner courtyard" in the middle outdoor part of the Castle, and yes I did a "complete walk" around the Castle on the 2nd level (whereas the other two being Qusayr Amra with just a "cramped interior" & Qasr Al-Azraq with a sizeable interior but which is pretty much just an "empty outdoor" with only the peripheral parts along the walls to enter inside). Also, I would say this castle is the only one among the three with an actual outward appearance of a desert castle for its not-too-big but "sufficient size" and location in a desert (whereas Qusayr Amra being just a small one-storied building & Qasr Al-Azraq with its location not in a desert but in an urban area).

Just about a 1.5-hour drive from Amman, this was the first castle visited followed by Amra (at just another 10-minute drive) & Al-Azraq (about a half-hour drive from Amra), all for about 55 JD to my hotel manager who was the driver (which yes was a pretty good deal for transportation to all 3 castles and back to Amman).
Written 8 March 2022
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