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    The Dome of Heaven

    by Maria81 Written Apr 25, 2011
    The Dome of Heaven

    Where?

    In the calidarium, the last room one visits in Qasr 'Amrah

    What?

    The Dome of Heaven is a map of the sky of the Northern hemisphere, showing both the largest constellations and the zodiac signs. The room is small, so if the castle is crowded, you're unlikely to have a chance to linger long enough to identify all of the signs. If you can't, there's a very helpful map at the visitors' centre which will point them out (the visitors' centre is in the same building as the ticket office)

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    Desert Castle

    by antistar Written Jan 8, 2007

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    Qasr Al Amra one of the famous desert castles east of Amman. It was built in the 8th century AD, by Umayyad caliph Walid I. The castle was used as a hunting retreat by the caliph and his family, hence the walls are covered in glorious frescoes, depicting hunting of all kinds of strange animals. There were also some badly drawn depictions of naked women, normally banned in Islam, which my old Bedouin tour guide, Hazim, found particularly racy. I guess it gets a bit lonely stuck out there in the desert.

    The Desert Castles cost just 1 dinar for a ticket that covers entrance to all three. The guides are not included in the price, or paid by the government, so give them some money, even if they don't ask for any, like Hazim forgot to.

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    Transport

    by MalenaN Updated Jan 25, 2006

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    Cupola in the Hammam

    I visited Qusayr Amra as part of a tour (only transport) organised from Farah Hotel in Amman. We were three people in the car sharing the price and I paid 13 JD. The places we visited were Qasr Kharana, Qusayr Amra, Qasr al-Azraq and the Wetland Reserve, Hammam Sarah and Qasr al-Hallabat (in the mentioned order).
    We had lunch in Azraq and the driver told us about a restaurant were tours could have lunch (and it was cheaper if we came from Farah Hotel, 3,5 JD), but we preferred to have a falafel at a café. They were very tasty and was 250 fils. We asked if it was possible to visit the Wetland Reserve (it was not in the original plan) and the driver was happy because then he could go to the mosque after letting us off at the Visitor Centre.

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    The paintings in the main hall

    by MiguelMV Updated Jan 16, 2006

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    Details of the frescos at Qasr Amrah

    Some of the frescos in the vaults of the main hall represent a homage to all those who worked in the building of the castle. There are some other motives, including some sexual scenes too, something really rare in islamic art. In one of the walls you can see frescos of six of the kings of the medieval times, with their names in arabic and greek, which represent the victories of the ummayds.

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    Qasr Amrah

    by MiguelMV Updated Jan 16, 2006

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    The castle

    The castle is one of Jordan's most importat medieval monuments. It was built between 705 - 715 under the command of Walidi I, who also ordered the building of Damasque's mosque. This castle is very small, but has some unique paitings in islamic art. There are human figures painted in the frescos that cover the vaults. It also has a hamman full of paitings, where you can see the zodiac constellations. It is a really charming place.

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    The frescos at the hamman

    by MiguelMV Written Jan 16, 2006

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    The vault in the hamman at Qasr Amrah

    The most beautiful frescos of the castle are located in the vault at the hammam. It has details of the zodiac constellations. Some of them are now gone, but you can still see some of the zocial symbols, such as Sagitarius. The bath itself has three parts or rooms (the warm and resting room, the cold room and the hot room), each of them with frescos covering the ceilings and vaults.

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    Hammam

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    The face of Jesus

    The hamman is divided in three different rooms: Apodyterium (dressing room), a tepidarium and one calidarium.
    The first room that you can see is the tepidarium. It has got a hiding arch. On the roof there are nice painting of animals and a figure of a nude woman. A very strange painting in this room is the face of a man which the scholars think it is Jesus.

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    Calidarium

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Sky.-blue map

    In this room you can see a big bathtub, On the roof of the cupula, above the bathtub, there is a fantastic painting of the sky-blue map, which reproduce the North Emisphere. You can recognice the Zodiac constellations and some characters of the Greek and Roman mitology.

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    Woman that exit from an hammam

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Woman that exit from an hammam

    Near the painting of the six kings there is the painting of a woman on a sofa and all around her there are many figures.
    On the right you can see a nice painting of a woman that exit from an hammam. On the same wall there are many hunting paintings.

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    Painting of the Six Kings

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Paintins of the Six Kings

    On the west wall you can see the painting of the six sovereigns, four of which are been identified with the emperor of Bisanzium, the visigot king Rodrigo, the last Sasanide sovereign Cosroe and the Negus abyss. Everyone of them was hostile of the Islam and they are represented in the act to give back tibute to the caliph.

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    Paintings

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Rural scenes

    The inside of the room of the audiences is decorated with wonderful paintings. The paintings have been attributed to Syrian or Arab artists affected by the Byzantine art. The roof of the central nave is decorated with rural scenes in which one appears on feminine crowned by a victory.

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    Qasr 'Amrah: history

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    The castle of Qasr 'Amrah was probably built by the Umayyad caliph Walid I (705-715 AD), the same caliph that built the mosque of the Umayyads in Damascus. The castle was originally a place of relax and an hunting reserve from time to time used as a temporary lodging for member of the rullin Umayyad family. Some scholars think that it was built to protect the track of al-Azraq, Kharanaj and Qasr at-Tubah.
    In the begining of 1970 the castle was restored thanks to the Austrian, French and Spanish government and now it his the second monument (after Petra) in the World Heritage List.

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    Audience room

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Paintings in room of the throne

    The audience room rappresent the main building of the castle. It is 10 metres long and it has got three arcs to sixth lightly acute that create three naves. The central nave finishes in a withdrawal which was the room of the throne. The side naves lengthen on two little Alcoves which open on the room.

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    Mini Museum

    by triplehelix Written Apr 3, 2008

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    Qas'r Amra is probably the most popular of the Desert Castles to visit along the trail. The site houses artifacts and a brief wall of history in its museum.

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    Tepidarium and Calidarium

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Painting of a woman

    In the second room of the hammam there is a big bathtub. On the ground there is a hole where the hot air circled in the room. Here you can see on the roof a painting of a nude woman.

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