Qasr al Kharanah Travel Guide

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  • Qasr al Kharanah
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Qasr al Kharanah Things to Do

  • Qasr al-Kharaneh

    Access to Qasr al-Kharaneh costs one dinar, which allows you access to all the other desert castles on the same ticket.

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  • The roofs of Al-Kharanah

    You can also walk some stairs up to the roof, which has been restored and now you can walk around it and have views from the entire structure, as well as from the yard and from the wide horizon.

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  • The yard of Al-Kharanah

    Most of the rooms have a window or a door to the main yard. This is the place where the inhabitants of the castle used to cook. The way rooms are disposed make experts thing that this castle was not only used for defense, but also for a califal resiednce, specially because of the ornaments in plaster of the inner rooms.

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  • The rooms inside Al-Kharanah

    A walk around the different rooms inside the castle is a nice experience. There are several sized rooms,also baths (as it is a very important thing in arabic culture) distributed in 2 floors around the main and only yard. All that castle is transitable, even the terrace at the roof.

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  • Qasr al-Kharanah: which function?

    There are still many debate about which was the original function of the building. The most widely accepted opinion among scholars is that it was a khan, or inn. If this were true then Qasr al-Kharanah would be the earliest known khan of the Islamic period.

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  • Qasr al-Kharanah: upper floor

    The rooms and halls of the upper floor basically repeat the ground plan except for the room on the south side, that is above the main entrance. Stucco discs with stylized plants decorating the upper sections of the some rooms reflect close contact with the art of Iraq or Mesopotamia.

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  • Qasr al-Kharanah: ground floor (1)

    The courtyard had a basin for collecting rain water at its centre. Originally it was surrounded by a portico supported by arches. In the southeast and southwest corners of the courtyard are stone staircases leading to the upper floor and roof.

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  • Qasr al-Kharanah: ground floor

    At the ground floor there is a central courtyard that can be reached from the entrance through the passage which is flanked by the storage halls two dimly lit rooms whoose barrel vault roofs are supported by transverse arches. The open central courtyard is surrounded by groups of barrel vaulted rooms forming separate units, each unit consisting of...

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  • Qasr al-Kharanah: interior

    The Qasr al-Kharanah consists of two floors with a square plan, 35 metres on each side. Round buttresses occupy the four corners and semi-circular buttresses occupy the centres od the walls, excepts for the southern wall which has the only entrance to the building. Narrow openings in the outer walls appear to be arrow slits at a passing glance....

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Qasr al Kharanah Transportation

  • Rental Car + Driver

    There is no public transport to Qasr al Kharanah, so the easiest way is to hire a car+driver or a taxi, especially since you can visit some of the other desert castles. Highway 40 is mainly a truck road, with lorries speeding on their way to – so we've been told – Iraq. Given this, and the lack of signage to the castles, having a driver is probably...

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  • Transport

    I visited Qasr Kharana 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...

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  • From Amman to Al-Kharanah

    Though it is in the middle of nowhere, it's quite close to one of the main roads in the country, the one that goes from Amman to Al Azraq , and then to both Saudi Arabia's and Irak's bordiers. So if you are going by car take this road east, and drive about 62 kilometres. There are indications in both arabic and english when you approach the castle...

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