Quseir Amra, or Red Castle, gets its name from the reddish stone of which it was built, and which stands out in the beige Jordanian desert landscape. It was built by the Umayyad dynasty between the 7th and 8th centuries, and used to function as a fortress and recreational villa. This beautiful complex, whose only part left standing are the haman, or baths, have paintings that adorn the walls, which have been restored and funded by the Spanish Cooperation. It has great beauty, not only do the the figurative representations of exceptional events in Islamic painting surprise, but so does the erotic theme in some of the scenes.
It is one of the classic trips from Aman, any taxi driver or accommodation. It is a full day and in 2006 I went for 50DJ (depending on your ability to haggle). You cover several castles, some springs and a nature reserve. Its interesting look at the history of the country back in the eighth century. It is assumed that in each castle there are one or more Bedouin, willing to act as a guide (in English) 1 DJ asked us (it was normal in 2006). But I went in May and it seems that for a single visitor, its not worth the work, so I got rid of the siege of spontaneous guides. It seems that there are many castles and buildings visited, but I took: * Qasr al-Hallabat. A huge complex. * As-Sarah Hamman. The baths of the former. Qasr al-Azraq * aj-Janubi. The Castle of Lawrence of Arabia. * Natural Reserve of al-Azraq. * Shawmari Nature Reserve. * Amra Castle. For me the best. There are only the baths. * Castle Harranah
East of Amman, there is an extensive desert plain where dozens of castles from the 7th to the 11th centuries are built. They all had various uses, from rest areas to military forts, like the Harranah Castle. They are especially well preserved. You can walk up and down throughout the grounds, and admire the magnificent views of the Jordanian desert from its rooftop. Like any monument of its wealth, it's full of local inscriptions and doodles.
Qasr Hammam As-Sarah, Assarah, or as-Saragt are the baths, hammams, or Arab baths belonging to the [poi = 200111] Qasr al-Hallabat [/ poi] residential complex. It is the second building you visit on the "[poi = 359891] Desert Castles [/ poi]" tour in Jordan. The truth is that what was partly original (fairly well-preserved) and partly rebuilt. It is easy to enter into that world and imagine what life was like in that era, having a Arab-style hammam steam "bath." The structure basically consists of a apodyterium (dressing rooms), tepidarium (warm room) and caldarium (hot room).