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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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Military Castle in Eastern Jordan

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.

Reviewed 18 February 2016
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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 104 helpful votes
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 283 helpful votes
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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Whitby, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Interesting for the history, but not much to see. It is one of three desert castles (including Qasr Kharrana, Quseir Amra and Qasr Azraq), about 2 to 2.5 hours drive east of Amman, in the direction of the Saudi border (you don't get close to the border - unless you really pester your driver/guide like we did). Qasr Azraq was... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 6 November 2015 via mobile

It is a very long trip unless you are really into early architecture Drive took about two hours to see very small "Castles" which had been reconstructed To me it was not worth it Could have spent time better spending an extra day in Jeramy

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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2015

Built of black basalt, this 'desert castle' differs from the others, and also had great strategic value located near an oasis - the only water supply for a great distance. Lawrence of Arabia spent winter here in 1917-1918, and his room is above the entrance. The single entrance to the castle is via a single large slab of granite door... More 

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Milano
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

Used to be the headquarter of Lawrence of Arabia at the time of the Arab revolt. Very interesting place to visit and well maintained. A guide is an added value. The most amazing spot is a door made of a single piece of basalt.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

My wife and I visited this site as one of 3 'desert castles' on a Classical Jordan tour with Mercury holidays. While its history goes back to the Crusades, the fact that T E Lawrence used it as his Winter HQ between the capture of Aquaba and the march on Damascus lend it a special cachet, especially as you can... More 

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Reston VA
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Reviewed 4 July 2015

The third of the three "Eastern Castles" I agree that you should use a local guide at 10 jd. This, the black basalt home of Lawrence of Arabia, was originally Roman construction. Interesting cantilevered stone ceilings that I have never seen anywhere else in the world. Only a couple kilometers from Iraq.

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Apodaca, Mexico
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Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

Wanted to stop and check out this place luckily there were some locals there that act as tour guides. I gave them about 10 JD and had about a 30-45 min guided tour. I loved it!

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