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Address: Azraq Oasis, Azraq, Jordan
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Originally built as a Roman fort, this castle is built of basalt and later...

Originally built as a Roman fort, this castle is built of basalt and later rebuilt by the Mamelukes in the 13th century.

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Good courtyard and some good exploring

Right on the main road in the northern reaches of Azraq, the staff don't seem to care about people coming and going and there's no information anywhere. There are however a bunch... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Build by the Romans, used by the Arabs and Lawrence ! In reasonable condition, so you can wander in and out (and on top). I was particularly impressed by the massive, solid stone doors that actually still swivel !

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Thank Dirk W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Right on the main road in the northern reaches of Azraq, the staff don't seem to care about people coming and going and there's no information anywhere. There are however a bunch of blocky rooms surrounding a big courtyard. There are some worth exploring and some precarious rock stairs that can get you upstairs at some points.

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Gouda, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

this castle ruin is different from the other desert castles. it's another color and bigger. It's in the middle of Azraq and really easy to find. we paid 1/2 dinar with the whole family: 2 adults and 3 young kids (2,4 and 6 years old). the kids could run, climb and play and loved the place. there is a lot... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

If you saw the movie " Lawrence of Arabia" you have to come here because this place was a piece from this story but this is not the only reason to visit the castle.

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Nashville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Interesting ruins in an interesting tour of 3 Desert "Castles". A bit of climbing around but not bad. Warm day but reasonable for November. Need good shoes and hat.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

This castle was built by the Romans in blue/black basalt stone in the middle of an oasis. It most recent significance is during the 1st world war as T. E. Lawrence's headquarter, who poetically described the castle in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Today the setting is practically ruined by modern developments but once through the original Roman stone doors one... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

This castle is large, full of different rooms to explore and downright dangerous in parts. Keep an eye on the kids, as the floors have the occasional hole in them. Because of this, it's heaps of fun and adventure for the whole family. See this castle as part of a day trip to several Eastern Castles.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

Very interesting military fort built in ~200AD. Most impressive part in my opinion are the stone entry/exit doors and ceilings made from stone. Worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Ede, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

This desert castel in the east part of Jordan, close to the Saudi border, lays in the center of the city of Azraq and is called the blue castle because of the dark basalt blocks from which it is constructed. It was built by the Crusaders on the remains of a Roman settlement and was of crucial importance due to... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015

One of the three famous desert castles, this is the furthest from Amman and will take over an hour to reach from the city. It is different because the stone is much darker than the other castles and this one actually resembles a castle, unlike the others. There was a tour guide waiting out front who offered his services for... More 

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