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Being the best-known of all desert castles in Jordan, this mysterious building has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Is commonly identified as a bathhouse built by Umayyad caliph Walid I (705–715 AD), but nothing is sure about it. Present structures could have belonged to a larger complex out of which only a few foundations remained. What stands today is either identified as a caravanserai or a royal retreat (a hunting lodge) without any military function. If the latter presumption is accepted, then the main building can be an audience hall with a bath attached to it. Inside there are fascinating strange frescoes depicting naked women and other scenes that should be banned in Islam.

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Qasr al-Azraq is a well-preserved Roman fortress about 100km east of Amman, one of the frequently visited desert castles. For most visitors, the link to TE Lawrence and the Arab Revolt is the major draw to come here.

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Not frequently visited by tourists, Qasr al Hallabat belongs to one of the so called desert castles in Jordan. It gets its significance from being a mixture of Roman forts and Umayyad pleasure palaces.

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This building is commonly identified as a caravanserai (a khan) but some historians claim it to have been a meeting place of Umayyad rulers and local Beduins. Based on a painting in one of the rooms, it has been dated to 710 making it to be a very early Islamic construction. According to some inscriptions, a former Roman or Byzantine building could also have stood here.

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Collection of the Archaeological Museum belongs to one of the best in the country, although some artefacts like the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were moved to another museum.

Items exhibited here range from the Neolithic Age to the Ummayad period and span all areas of Jordan.

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Stretching above modern Amman at an altitude of 850 meters, the Citadel is a must for all tourists visiting Amman. It used to be the enormous Acropolis of ancient  Philadelphia, the predecessor of the present city.

Surrounded by 1700m-long walls, this complex was more than just a fortresses above the city, in fact it was a standalone entity within the ancient city. History buffs will say that there are plenty of other, much better preserved ancient fortresses throughout the Middle-East. However this one is still definitely worth to be visited, because it enables visitors to understand how an antique Roman and Byzantine settlement was transformed into an Umayyad city. In other words: this monument is simply a summary of  entire Jordanian history.

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King Hussein Mosque, better known as Al-Husseini Mosque is considered to be Amman's grand mosque.  Built by King Abdullah I in 1924, soon after the establishment of Jordan, and restored in 1987, this mosque is exactly in the heart of Downtown of Amman.

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Abu Darwish (or Darweesh) mosque was built at the top of Jebel Al-Ashrafiyeh in 1961. Commissioned by King Hussein and Mustafa Jakazi, this is an unmistakable building with its alternating layers of black and white stone. It can be a perfect sunset spot and offers stunning views of the city.

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Built in 1989 during the reign of King Houssein, this mosque is dedicated to his grandfather, King Abdullah I, the first monarch of Jordan. This is the only mosque in Amman that openly welcomes all non-Muslim visitors (except for prayer times).

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The Cave of the Seven Sleepers (Ahl al-Kahf  in Arabic) is a famous pilgrimage site in the outskirts of Amman, just about 7km from city centre.

It is associated with a common story of Christianity and Islam that gradually faded away and got forgotten by most Christians. However, Holy Qur’an still preserves this story in Surah al-Kahf 18 (the cave).

We have to note that this is just one of the places that claim to be the cave of the seven sleepers, and the most famous one is located at Ephesus, Turkey.

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