Amman and the Desert Loop

Photos taken by David Stanley in Amman, Jordan, and at Qasr al-Abd, Qasr Al-Hallabat, Hammam As-Sarah, Qasr Al-Azraq, Qasr Amra, Qasr Al-Kharrana, Karak Castle, and Shawbak Castle.
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The figure of a lion still stands on the wall of the 2nd century BC Qasr al-Abd Palace at Iraq El-Amir east of Amman, Jordan.

The figure of a lion still stands on the wall of the century BC Qasr al-Abd Palace at Iraq El-Amir east of Amman, Jordan.

Huge cut stone blocks were used in the construction of 2nd century BC Qasr al-Abd (Palace of the Slave) at Iraq El-Amir, east of Amman, Jordan.

Huge cut stone blocks were used in the construction of century BC Qasr al-Abd (Palace of the Slave) at Iraq El-Amir, east of Amman, Jordan.

The Mujib Dam in Wadi al Mujib between Madaba and Karak was finished in 2004. It provides part of the water supply of Amman, Jordan.

The Mujib Dam in Wadi al Mujib between Madaba and Karak was finished in It provides part of the water supply of Amman, Jordan.

Wadi al Mujib between Madaba and Karak has been called the Grand Canyon of Jordan.

Wadi al Mujib between Madaba and Karak has been called the Grand Canyon of Jordan.

Around 211 AD the Romans built Qasr Al-Azraq in an oasis town 100 kilometers east of Amman, Jordan. Arabs under Izz al-Din Aybak restored the black basalt structure in the 13th century.

Around 211 AD the Romans built Qasr Al-Azraq in an oasis town 100 kilometers east of Amman, Jordan. Arabs under Izz al-Din Aybak restored the black basalt structure in the century.

This mosaic of a gazelle is in Hammam As-Sarah, an Umayyad bathhouse in the desert east of Amman, Jordan.

This mosaic of a gazelle is in Hammam As-Sarah, an Umayyad bathhouse in the desert east of Amman, Jordan.

The 168 lanterns on a copper chandelier illuminate the King Abdullah I Mosque in Amman, Jordan. Golden threads point to the 99 Most Beautiful Names of Allah on the neck of the turquoise blue dome.

The 168 lanterns on a copper chandelier illuminate the King Abdullah I Mosque in Amman, Jordan. Golden threads point to the 99 Most Beautiful Names of Allah on the neck of the turquoise blue dome.

hawbak Castle toward Petra in southern Jordan was built by Crusaders under Baldwin I of Jerusalem in 1115. It eventually fell to the the armies of Saladin in 1189 after a two-year siege.

hawbak Castle toward Petra in southern Jordan was built by Crusaders under Baldwin I of Jerusalem in It eventually fell to the the armies of Saladin in 1189 after a two-year siege.

The Mameluke Keep is the southern bulwark of Al Karak Castle, Jordan, built by the Crusaders in the 12th century.

The Mameluke Keep is the southern bulwark of Al Karak Castle, Jordan, built by the Crusaders in the century.

The east wall and upper court of Karak Castle, 125 kilometers south of Amman, Jordan, were built by Crusaders in the 12th century.

The east wall and upper court of Karak Castle, 125 kilometers south of Amman, Jordan, were built by Crusaders in the century.

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