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"Qasr Hallabat" Top 5 Page for this destination Desert Castles Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Desert Castles, Jordan: 9 reviews and 9 photos

  The mosque and "mithrab"
by TheWanderingCamel

Hallabat is probably the most ruinous of the Desert Castles. Originally a Roman fort was built on this small hill, you see here the stones of black basalt.

It was restored by the Omayyeds (those indefatigable builders) in the eighth century and some beautiful mosaics were laid down, some fragments of which are still to be seen in the rooms off the courtyard. This was another pleasure palace.

The mosque was added at the same time. The arch above the window is quite beautiful and you can see reproductions of it in many books on Jordan.

Directions: It is possible to get here on a bus from Zerqa, but I still advise a day's excursion with a taxi.

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  • Written Jun 26, 2005
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