Qasr al Azraq Travel Guide
from the tower to the courtyard
from the tower to the courtyard
the gambling stone
part of the wall from the courtyard
Azraq Castle is about 100 kms east of Amman and is in the middle of an oasis. Azraq means 'the blue one' and was on the old trade routes, even Lawrence of Arabia used the castle as his headquarters during his time there. The wetlands area is set up as a nature reserve as...
T E Lawrence ---Lawrence of Arabia's fort!
Well, that's not quite true!The Romans were here 'first' ----there was plenty of water (oasis) nearby.Then, in 1917, Lawrence was here. he called it the blue fort ----the almost black stone from which some of the fort is made probably look blue when wet ----as do...
The castle sits guarding an extremely stragegic point in Jordan. It's close to the borders of Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia, but more importantly for such an arid region, it sits atop the Azraq Oasis, the only permanent source of freshwater in over 12,000 km of parched...
When you walk around in Azraq Wetland Reserve you should follow the trails and not enter the tunnels in the reeds. The tunnels are made by water buffalos and they are not always happy to meet an intruder. Well, we didn’t see any water buffalos while we were there and not...
Azraq Wetland Reserve contains a large mudflat, pools and marshlands just in the middle of the Eastern Desert of Jordan. The wetland has suffered big ecological damage as water levels decreased when more and more drinking water was pumped to Amman. Now the wetlands, or at...
Qasr Azraq is built in black basalt and was originally constructed by the Romans (about 300 AD). Through the years it was then renovated several times. During the Umayyad period it was used by al-Walid II as a military base and for hunting. In 1917 TE Lawrence and Sherif...
I visited Azraq 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...
The castle of Qasr Al-Azraq
In some books it is known as the "Blue Castle" because of the dark blue colors and flashes that come from the basaltic stone. It was use as a defense fortress against foreign invassions. There have been different castles or fortress during different periods, in fact, recent...
In the towar along the northern wall there is a big basalt door, one of the three bog door built by Romans 2000 years ago!!!
In the Northern area of the castle there were the residential buildings. Here you can recognize (but it is not easy!!) the kitchen, the dining room and the stores.
On the north-east side of the castle there is a well that untill 20 years ago had got the water. On the north-west side of the castle there are the prison. Here you can see the original roof of the castle made with flat black stone.
In the middle of the courtyard of the castle there is the mosque. It was built in the 13th century over the ruins of a Byzantine Church.
The Lawrence's room
Upper the tower of the main entrance there is the room of T.E.Lawrence. In front of the entrance there is a small altar built by Roman in the third century AD.
When you arrive to this castle the first thing that you can notice is its black colour. The castle is built with black basalto and it has got three floors. The main entrance is a unique stone of basalto.T.E.Lawrence said in his book The Seven Pillars of Wisdom that this door...
Many Greeek and latin inscription said that this castle was dedicated to Roman emperors Diocleziano and Massimiano. It was built between the 286 and 305 AD and it was called Dasianiss. This fortrees was very important because it was built along one of the main streets that...
Azraq RestHouse: Acceptable accomodation for such a town
Stay there mid-Nov. 2004, out of the season. We were the only guest in that place. The room are ok with usual amenities including a terrasse.I am not sure if they have many guest during the high season but this resthouse is enjoying in nice swimming pool that was not in use...
You can catch this as part of any tour of the Desert Castles, but this one you can also reach by bus from Amman. It costs less than 1JD and takes about 1-2 hours. A taxi trip costs in the region of 40JD.
Written Jan 16, 2007
Azraq Palace Restaurant
Maybe this should have been in the restaurant section ---but it is such a trap!
If you are in a large tour group you may end up here. There may be 300 people eating here at one time!
The service is appalling. The guides/waiters encourage you to eat the 'sandwiches'!
The chicken sandwich was just a mix of bones, scraps of meat and veg! I wouldn't feed them to my mother-in-law!
Drinks are too costly!
You have been warned!
Unique Suggestions: Eat from the buffet! Pay the extra and enjoy!
Written Oct 14, 2009