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20 Attractions to Explore Near Qasr al-Kharaneh

Qasr al-Kharaneh
Qasr al-KharanehAmman Governorate, Jordan

Desert castle built sometime before the early 8th century AD. The purpose of this building is still unclear- the building's internal arrangement does not suggest a military use, and slits in its wall could not have been designed for arrowslits. It could have been a resting place for traders, but lacks the water source such buildings usually had close by and is not on any major trade routes.

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Qasr al-Mushatta
Qasr al-Mushatta42.80 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

Ruin of an Umayyad winter palace, part of a string of castles, palaces and caravanserais known collectively in Jordan as the Desert Castles. Though much of the ruins can still be found in the site, the most striking feature of the palace, its facade, has been removed and is on display at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

Royal Tank Museum
Royal Tank Museum54.66 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

20,000 sq. m of exhibition space divided into thirteen halls showcasing hundreds of light and heavy military items placed in their historic chronological order. It features around 110 tanks, many of which are historical and were used in Jordan's past wars and battles.

Roman Theatre
Roman Theatre55.31 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

6,000 seat second-century Roman theatre. It dates back to the Roman period when the city was known as Philadelphia.

Roman Nymphaeum Amman
Roman Nymphaeum Amman55.52 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

Roman Nymphaeum Amman is a partially preserved Roman public fountain believed to have contained a 600 square meters pool which was three meters deep. The nymphaeum was built in the 2nd century CE and it was continuously refilled with water.

Amman Citadel
Amman Citadel55.77 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

L-shaped hill with a long history of occupation by many great civilizations- Assyrians, Babylonians, the Ptolemies, the Seleucids, Romans, Byzantines, and the Umayyads. The hill became the capital of the Kingdom of Ammon sometime after 1200 BC. The major buildings at the site are the Temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church, and the Umayyad Palace.

The Jordan Museum
The Jordan Museum56.12 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

Largest museum in Jordan hosting the country's most important archaeological findings. The museum presents artifacts from various prehistoric archaeological sites in Jordan, including the 7500 BC Ain Ghazal statues which are regarded as one of the oldest human statues ever made by human civilization.

Umm ar-Rasas
Umm ar-Rasas57.73 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

Situated in the Jordanian Desert, the site has been allied to the biblical settlement of Mephaat mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah. The Roman military utilized the site as a strategic garrison, but it was later converted and inhabited by Christian and Islamic communities. The mosaic floor of the Church of St Stephen made in 785 (discovered after 1986) is the most important discovery on the site. The perfectly preserved mosaic floor is the largest in Jordan.

The Martyrs Museum
The Martyrs Museum59.85 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

War museum showcasing a rare collection of Jordan's military weapons, clothing and vehicles. It also serves as a memorial to the martyrs who gave their lives in the service of Jordan as early as 1915, starting with the Great Arab Revolution which was led by King Hussein bin Ali.

Qasr Bshir
Qasr Bshir63.09 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

Roman fort ruins in the desert of Jordan. One of the best preserved Roman military structure in the world. The fort is built of local stone and forms a with a nearly square reactangle with large projecting rectangular towers in each corner.

Madaba Archaeological Park
Madaba Archaeological Park63.11 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

Established to preserve and make accessible to the public archaeological remains from Roman times and several valuable Byzantine mosaic floors.

St George's Greek Orthodox Church
St George's Greek Orthodox Church63.25 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

The Madaba Map, also known as the Madaba Mosaic Map, is part of a floor mosaic in the church. The Madaba Map is of the Middle East, and part of it contains the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem. It dates to the 6th century AD.

Wadi Mujib
Wadi Mujib65.69 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

Wadi Mujib, the biblical Arnon stream is a river canyon which enters the Dead Sea at 420 metres (1,380 ft) below sea level. The canyon consists of mountainous, rocky, and sparsely vegetated desert (up to 800 metres (2,600 ft)), with cliffs and gorges cutting through plateaus. Perennial, spring-fed streams flow to the shores of the Dead Sea.

The Royal Automobile Museum متحف السيارات الملكي

The museum showcases a rare collection of Jordan's vehicles ranging from Hussein bin Ali's cars that came to Amman in 1916 to modern sports cars.

Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo69.88 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. The West Bank city of Jericho and Jerusalem are visible from the summit on a very clear day.

King Talal Dam
King Talal Dam79.56 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

106 meters high dam built to store winter rains and treated wastewater from Amman and Zarqa for irrigation in the Jordan Valley.

Jerash Museum
Jerash Museum81.01 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

A city filled with ruins from ancient history and one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities.

Fortress of Machaerus
Fortress of Machaerus81.38 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

A fortified hilltop palace, it is the location of the imprisonment and execution of John the Baptist. It was originally built by the Hasmonean king, Alexander Jannaeus (104 BC-78 BC) in about the year 90 BC. The hilltop, which stands about 1,100 meters above Dead Sea level, is surrounded on all sides by deep ravines which provide great natural strength.

Ma'in Hot Springs
Ma'in Hot Springs81.76 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

A series of hot mineral springs and waterfalls located 264 meters (866 feet) below sea level. The springs contains important elements such as sodium, calcium, chloride, radon, hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide.

Dibbeen Forest Reserve
Dibbeen Forest Reserve84.41 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

Covers an area of 8.5 square kilometres (3.3 sq mi) of rolling hills covered with pine–oak habitat. It houses one of the oldest and naturally grown habitats of Aleppo Pines in Jordan. It also is the home to 17 endangered species such as the Persian Squirrel.

Wadi Bin Hammad
Wadi Bin Hammad92.49 KMs away from Qasr al-Kharaneh

A Hot Spring hidden deep in a large valley with lush vegetation, hanging gardens, palm trees, and plenty of water running through a narrow gorge.