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Kharana Castle (Qasr al-Kharanah) Tours

Kharana Castle (Qasr al-Kharanah)
A true “desert castle” near the Saudi Arabian border, Jordan’s Kharana Castle (Qasr al-Kharanah) sits two storeys tall over the desert plain. Built in the early Umayyad period 13,000 years ago, the purpose of the 60-room monolith is unclear — its design shows that it was never a fort, and it’s not on a trade route so it’s unlikely to have been a caravanserai either. It’s most likely that Kharana Castle was a meeting space for Damascus elite and local Bedouin tribes. Whatever it was, the thick-walled limestone building remains imposing even today. 

Excellently restored in the 1970s, its location in the barren desert makes Kharana Castle one photogenic place. As you explore the upper rooms set around the large courtyard with a rainwater pool in the middle, look out for ancient Arabic graffiti. Just inside the entrance, learn more about Qasr al-Kharanah from the interpretive plaque which is in both English and Arabic. 

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Sixteen km west along Hwy 40 from Amra Castle, Kharana Castle is run by the Jordanian Ministry of Antiquities, and its visitor center has a permanent display on local history. Admission costs JD 2, which includes entry to the desert castles Azraq Castle and Qasr Amra as well.
Address: Amman, Jordan
Admission: 2 JD
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Desert Castle Tour of Eastern Jordan from Amman

Discover three of Jordan’s famous desert castles on this 4-hour private tour from Amman. With an informative private driver, learn about these fabled castles, built by Umayyad rulers during the 7th and 8th centuries as you visit each one in the desert plains of eastern Jordan. Explore UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra, famous for its 8th-century frescoes of hedonistic scenes, before continuing to the atmospheric Qasr Kharana and Qasr al-Azraq castles, the latter used as a military base by TE Lawrence, known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ during World War I.
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Amman Dessert Castles for a Day (Lunch included)

Get out of the city and visit Jordan’s desert castles on this full-day trip. Depart from your Amman hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and make your way into the desert to see the 8th-century Omayyad-era castles. Stop by Qasr Amra, Al Kharrana, Mushatta, Hallabat, and Azraq and learn about each place from your guide. Enjoy a traditional lunch.
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