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.

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.

At Azraq 100 kilometers east of Amman, Jordan, the road divides with Iraq to the left and Saudi Arabia to the right.

At Azraq 100 kilometers east of Amman, Jordan, the road divides with Iraq to the left and Saudi Arabia to the right.

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 2004. 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.

Qasr Al-Kharrana between Azraq and Amman, Jordan, is a former desert caravanserai dating from 710 AD. The 60 rooms around the central courtyard once accommodated merchants traveling between the Arabian Peninsula and Syria.

Qasr Al-Kharrana between Azraq and Amman, Jordan, is a former desert caravanserai dating from 710 AD. The 60 rooms around the central courtyard once accommodated merchants traveling between the Arabian Peninsula and Syria.

David Stanley peers through a window at the old Roman fort of Qasr Al-Azraq, 100 kilometers east of Amman, Jordan. In 1917 during the Great Arab Revolt, Lawrence of Arabia had his office in this room above the gatehouse.

David Stanley peers through a window at the old Roman fort of Qasr Al-Azraq, 100 kilometers east of Amman, Jordan. In 1917 during the Great Arab Revolt, Lawrence of Arabia had his office in this room above the gatehouse.

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.

The main prayer hall of the King Abdullah I Mosque (1989) in Amman, Jordan, can accommodate 3,000 worshippers with space for another 6,000 in the courtyard. Non-Muslims may enter upon payment of a small fee.

The main prayer hall of the King Abdullah I Mosque (1989) in Amman, Jordan, can accommodate 3,000 worshippers with space for another 6,000 in the courtyard. Non-Muslims may enter upon payment of a small fee.

This double-headed bust from Ayn Ghazal on display in the Jordan Museum at Amman was made 9,500 years ago. Dating from the pre-pottery Neolithic B period, it is considered one of the oldest large-scale statues in the world.

This double-headed bust from Ayn Ghazal on display in the Jordan Museum at Amman was made years ago. Dating from the pre-pottery Neolithic B period, it is considered one of the oldest large-scale statues in the world.

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 1115. 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 12th 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 12th century.

A baker at Dhiban south of Amman, Jordan, collects bread from his oven.

A baker at Dhiban south of Amman, Jordan, collects bread from his oven.

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