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"The Castle that Lawrence visited" Top 5 Page for this destination Desert Castles - Qasr al Azraq Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Desert Castles - Qasr al Azraq, Jordan: 10 reviews and 27 photos

  The courtyard at Azraq
by TheWanderingCamel

Azraq is generally known as "the castle which Lawrence of Arabia visited". It was here especially that he planned the assault on Deraa which led to the entry into Damascus. The caretaker is delighted to show you the room that he slept in above the gateway.

Azraq was originally built as a Roman fortress and restored by the Caliphs in 1237. It was at this time that the mosque (shown in the photo) was built in the courtyard, placed crossways because of the necessity of facing Mecca. Leading off the courtyard are doors to the dining hall and to the kitchens. There are also stables for horses.

Directions: A bus goes to Azraq from Zerqa, but you will do better to arrange a taxi for the day from Amman or from Madaba. Like this you can visit several of the Desert Castles during the day.
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  • Written Jun 26, 2005
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