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Address: Azraq Oasis, Azraq, Jordan
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 December 2015
Whitby, Canada
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Whitby, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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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2 of 5 bubbles 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

1 Thank rsegraves
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Godguy
Apodaca, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2015

An impressive castle and worth a visit although a bit of extra time to get there after you visit Qasr Amra. Probably takes about 30 mins to explore.

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

I did not know about this black castle and as most of jordanians It is an amazing castel build from black stones , still has the original spirt

Thank Maenaddassi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

Imposing fort where TE Lawrence and King Hussein planned the invasion of Syria in the winter of 1917...can just imagine life here dating from ~300 AD, but its present form is from 1200s...can imagine the Romans here, the Umayyads, the Turks...seemed to be the place; definitely include on the desert castle tour.

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