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Desert castles

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If any of the 12 days of the trip has to be filled, I hope it was this one. The truth is that it has not been a special day if it is not due to the fact that we enter the Jordanian desert (far from what the Iraqi or Syrian desert should be) and we were approaching the most dangerous country of today, iraq (yes, very far from there ... don't worry family).

IMPORTANT NOTE: This newspaper was made on the v1 of this website, when we wrote only and exclusively for the family, so it is not as complete as the rest. However, you will find much more information about Jordan in the travel guide to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan from 2009

Today i met Joseba and Margari (UPGRADE: With those who would later go to Burma in December). They are two passionate travelers (mother and son) from Bilbao who already know half the world (India, China, Vietnam, Egypt, Peru, ...). The truth is that I have been very nice and have many conversations. They will accompany me all the way as well as our guide, a Jordanian separated from a Panamanian who speaks Spanish quite well.

And thankfully, because we have made many kilometers along the road that leads to the border with Iraq. A huge desert separates Amman from this border. A Middle desert area of ​​rocky and other sandy areas, which extends over hundreds of kilometers. Here we find castles and fortresses, the vast majority built in the seventh and eighth century.

Our first destination has been Qasr Al Azraq, what was once a Roman fortress. It was later rebuilt in 1237 serving the war against the Turks.


In its beginnings it was an important stop of the caravan routes, a place to drink water and rest, in the desert of basalt stones. Hence the color, of black basalt. Curious color. In 1917 he served Lawrence of Arabia in his Arab-British rebellion against the Turks.




However, not all Desert Castles had military use. The next one they take us to is the Qasr Amra dating from 711-715 and is of Omaya origin. Its use was purely leisure and pleasure for the lucky ones. According to local guides, it is possibly the most interesting castle in all of Jordan. Of course, normal, as there they are prohibited from "drinking" and "having sex" because they envy the "lucky". Anyway…



This castle also served as a fortress for hunters and bathrooms. On the occasion of the frescoes of S.VIII, he was declared of humanity and is under the tutelage of UNESCO. Has several parts well differentiated: the external system to draw water from the well and the audience room communicated with the throne room and with the hot springs.

The last castle we went to see, before returning to Amman, was Qasr Kharaneh. Certainly more than a castle it looked like a palace, much larger than the previous ones. This fortress had no military obligations, but was the privileged mansion of the emirs for the days of gazelle hunting or resting. Also passing caravans in the transit between Amman and Iraq. Data from 661-684.




At the time of Yazid II (720-724) he underwent a second intervention. He also suffered a restoration directed by S. K. Urice between 1977-1981. An important detail that can be observed is that the windows of the two floors of the building are not military embrasures but holes for ventilation and lighting of the environments.

And the day does not go far. Another scoop of back to Amman and from there to the hotel where we took the opportunity to have dinner together and use the internet for a while to leave the family alone. !!! I'm fine, hehehe !!!!

Tomorrow more ... and better (I hope)


Isaac, from Amman (Jordan)

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