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Desert Castles

Desert Castles built in the 7th and 8th centuries AD by Omayyad Caliphs in Damascus as hunting lodges. Most popular castles are

Qasr Kharanah, built in 711 AD for defense with thick walls and an open roof for clear view in every direction. It was once a rest for camel caravans.

Qasr Amra, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its walls and ceilings are covered with frescoes especially remarkable the zodiac fresco of the bath’s dome.

Fort al Azraq, black basalt fort in continuous use since Roman times, was the headquarter of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab revolt.