King Rodrigo was the last Visigothic king of Spain, the King of Persia, King of Abyssinia, the King of India, the emperor of China. All of these Kings had one thing in common, they were all an enemy of Caliph al-Walid I. When you see the small castle, you may feel a little disappointed (I did, anyway), but when you enter, you'll be absolutely amazed to see the frescoes which are preserved inside. Quseir Amra, was built in the early eighth century, and was used as a hunting lodge and break to enjoy its hot springs. There are several rooms, all decorated with frescoes and assume that at least was painted by two different artists. The frescoes recreate everyday scenes of hunting, work in the fields and in the dome is a representation of the Zodiac. Quseir Amra is made up of three distinct areas: a courtroom that is connected to the throne room and the thermal and hydraulic system used to draw water from the well. The little red castle is a world heritage siteand is under the protection of UNESCO and is considered the most interesting Umayyad castle in Jordan.
Jordan did not stop surprising us from the first minute we got there. First, we visited Amman, its citadel and, of course, its Roman theatre. It's the largest theatre in the East and within its walls there is an interesting museum of costumes and customs that shouldn't be missed. All the perspectives are good. You can go up and down, again and again by its high steps. It's a must-see.
During my first visit in Jordan, I went to the citadel. From the top of the hill where it's located, you can see the huge Jordanian flag and that's how your visit starts. A short walk takes you to the Temple of Herod, the Umayyad palace, and the Temple of Hercules, and ends up by the Archaeological museum. It's a wonder not to be missed. My advice is to see Amman at the beginning of your trip, since the rest is even more surprising yet.
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.
Kan Zaman is an old family villa lovingly keeping alive stories of Jordan. Beautifully decorated. Looms, glass factory, arts and crafts plus a magnificent restaurant. The resort has a wide range of leisure activities and cultural activities. You can find everything from crafts to gold, spices to local fabrics in the local shops. The food is good and plentiful, and you'll be kept entertained with live music. It is rarely visited by Spanish tourists, I hope it will become better known from now on. For the locals here Fridays breakfasts are famous. Many families will spend the morning here. A range of delicious dishes is available, with a good tea or Arabic coffee and good company. Food includes Hummus, cheese, olives, beans, labneh (yogurt cream), olive oil, freshly baked bread ... All well seasoned with za'atar, a delicious blend of spices (oregano, thyme, marjoram ...) with the addition of olive oil ... Absolutely delicious. There are various activities for children, so what more can enjoy a relaxing time ...
A beautiful old house that hides all the secrets of old Amman. Family owned by Madi. Old post office. It was acquired by Mamdouh Bisharat, "Duke of Mukhaibeh" in the 80s. The title was awarded by King Hussein, for services rendered to the community. With the intention of creating a meeting point with cultural amenities, Bisharat created a beautiful museum. It is his gift to the city he loves and knows so well. All rooms of the house invite tranquility. Books, pictures, magazines, are in the rich archive that contains the history of the last 50 years of Amman. Besides the showroom, there are famous gatherings that will delight all visitors. A place that brings culture, art and heritage. With more than 90,000 visitors over its history this little gem is open to all. The visit is free. A nice bit of conversation and coffee with the owner will delight any traveler.
The Natural Reserve of al-Azraq, is in the eatern desert of Jordan. It is characterized by the presence of water wells that form natural ponds, wetlands and huge quagmire known as Qa'a Al-Azraq. This attracts a large variety of birds (over 160 species), that stop here to rest on their hard migration between Africa and Asia. Some of them remain in the reserve of the oasis during winter or during their breeding period. It was created in 1978 by the RSCN, which has been responsible for its management ever since. Here you will find the Sahwmari Natural Reserve, responsible for the conservation of endangered species. There are different tours through the wetlands, but they must be pre-booked at the RSCN office in Amman. I accessed it from Amman between castle and hot spring on my "Desert Castles" trip. The photos were provided by Jordan Tourism: Http :/ / sp.Visitjordan.Com /
One of the best art galleries in Amman. Makan House is a unique place for Contemporary Art. With exhibitions of young artists from across the region, Makan also welcomes those who wish to participate in workshops. Worth a visit, if only for the local area which is one of the most beautiful areas of the city. Open from 14h to 19h and closed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
It was created in the year 1975 by the RSCN as a breeding center for endangered animals. It occupies a space of over 22 square km.It is the oldest and most important center for animal conservation and in the country of Jordan. It is within the Natural Reserve of al-Azraq which is home to some of the rarest species in the Middle East, including the Arabian Oryx. we can also see ostriches, wild asses and gazelles. They work with animals in an environment free from the dangers that threaten the destruction of their habitat. Shawmari reserve is home to a wide variety of desert plants, including Atriplex, a natural food source for wildlife. The fee of admission was $ 3 DJ with a tour . You can pay in the Tourist Information Center close to the park, which also has a small craft store, maps and more. First you visit a visitor center with an interactive museum that guides you with all the explanations and photos. Close to the visitor center there is a picnic area and a playground with swings for kids. After a short walk, you will reach the lookout tower, with 4 floors, is a great place to observe fauna. The breeding area has become, almost inadvertently, a makeshift zoo that is varied and interesting. There is also the possibility of a tour by jeep, supervised by the RSCN, ie, reservation required for mini-safari plan, the best way to see the conservation work is done on the reservation. To me he was included in the tour of "Desert Castles", but because I asked for it. The photos were provided by Jordan Tourism: Http :/ / sp.Visitjordan.Com /
Located northeast of Amman, Qasr Al-Hallabat is part of the desert castles route. Built in the 2nd century by the Roman Emperor Caracalla to protect the region from Bedouin tribes, it's a fortress over the Via Traiana Nova, linking Damascus and Aqaba via Petra and Amman. It is square-shaped and built against black basalt and sandstone, with a tower at each corner. The door of the castle is a definite highlight since it's made out of a solid slab of granite. There are also some reliefs carved into the stone, and a kind of improvised museum has been installed in one of the rooms of the castle. There are, however, some areas that can not be visited due to danger of collapse. I'd suggest visiting early in the morning because later on the sun beats down mercilessly.
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).
The King Abdullah Mosque, dedicated by King Hussein's grandfather, can be seen from every point of the city. Big and bright, it can hold up to 7,000 worshipers. Beautiful from the outside, all white with blue domes, but on the inside it's very spartan. In addition to the objects for religious purposes, there's a huge chandelier, and an even bigger carpet that covers the entire floor. Non-Muslims are allowed to enter, even in the period of Ramadan, but you must remove your shoes before entering. If you're wearing shorts or a t-shirt, you will be given a robe at the entrance.