Qasr Al Kharrana
While traveling along the ancient silk route stands an ancient old palace structure. Although very simple from the outside, this eighth century castle is filled with stairways and rooms that leave you inspired to see more.
The Qasr al Kharrana makes up a collection of Desert Castles that can be visited while staying in Amman. Although they all have some form of resemblance, each have their unique touches. This one is often described as the best looking with its plain, yet stunning exterior. It is also said that this wasn’t really a castle because it had no protective wall structure. So it was most likely used as a caravan stop.
This ancient palace has sixty rooms spread over two levels. The structure is made up of arches and windows The surrounding courtyard must have been quite a splendid area back in the day.
The fact that it stands so isolated gives reason why people who are traveling along the silk road should take some time to stop here. There aren’t alt of restroom facilities or many offers of refreshments but not a lot of time is needed to take photos and explore the structure. A small tent provides tea at a small cost.
Most of the castles along the silk route charge not even one Jordanian Dinar to enter and others allow free entry. This particular castle charges two Jordanian Dinars entry fee. It isn’t included in the ordinary itineraries, but with free time to spare, it is worth a visit.