Amman – Amman City Tour – Desert castles – Amman
Once known as the ancient city of Philadelphia, Amman is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is home to some of the best hummus and falafel shops in the country, lively souks, a Roman amphitheater, trendy art galleries, and boutiques. Because Amman is built on seven hills, one of them home to the city’s ancient citadel, there are wonderful panoramic views to be had all over the city.
This well-preserved example of early Islamic architecture is an enigma; archaeologists theorize that it may have been a meeting place for traders or Bedouins, a caravanserai, or a military fortress. It is one of the best-known and most photographic desert castles.
Widely regarded as the most famous and best-preserved Umayyad castle of them all, Amra Castle has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. The inside of the building features risqué and surprisingly colorful, eighth-century frescoes of naked women, wine-drenched festivities, hunting parties, and zodiac symbols that suggest additional, non-Islamic influences on the castle.
Translated as ‘The Blue’, this vast expanse of eastern desert is home to a large oasis whose waters historically attracted both Bedouin tribes and native wildlife. It is also home to Azraq Castle, which was built with distinctive black basalt starting in the third century A.D.