Qusayr Amra

All that remains of Qusayr (or Qasr) Amra is its hammam and noria. But what a hammam! Built for the Umayyad caliph Al-Walid I in the 8C, it retains its painted décor on the walls and ceilings of several rooms, extraordinary and magnificent vestiges of early Islamic art. With compositions depicting men, women and animals, the paintings illustrate various themes from everyday life during the period. Today, the building (a Unesco world heritage site) is a must for all visitors to Jordan.

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Jordan: The Desert Castles

This is an excellent idea for a day excursion departing from Amman. Travelling to the Desert Castles requires a full day and, with a castle to be seen nearly every 10 miles, at least 2 or 3 can be visited.