Desert castles, the extravagant heritage of Jordan

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Desert castles, the extravagant heritage of Jordan

Dating to the beginning of the Muslim era, these palaces near Amman show the historical wealth of Jordan.

Splendid examples of Islamic architecture from the 8th century, the desert castles reflect the artistic refinement of the new Muslim era then commencing with the creation of frescos, mosaics and engravings. These imposing buildings served as hotels, centres of agricultural trade and markets.

From the Jordanian capital, you can start off exploring fortresses, which may be visited in one or two days. Discover Qasr al-Azraq, a structure built of large black basalt squared stones used by the Nabateans. Then visit Qasr al-Kharaneh, a defensive citadel with rooms decorated with mouldings and medallions, Qasr al-Hallabat, an ancient Roman fortress with floors lined with animal representations, Qasr Amra, architectural treasure lost in the heart of the desert, or Qasr al-Mushatta, the largest and most prestigious of these castles built in the golden age of Muslim culture.

South and East of Amman