Eastern Desert Castles

Qasr al Azraq. The entrance gate. Defenses.
Interior courtyard. Side chamber. Delicate looking arch.
That's a mosque in the middle. Inside the mosque. T.E. Lawrence's quarters when he was here in 1917 during the Arab Revolt.
A 1 ton stone door that can be moved by one person thanks to the engineering. Originally constructed by the Romans in the 3rd century A.D. It was an important castle since it was near the Azraq oasis.
It was renovated by the Mamlukes in the 1200s with basalt blocks, so it's darker than other sandstone structures. Qasr al Amra. Built in the early 8th century A.D., originally there was a large compound with a castle. Now, this is all that remains.
Apodyterium wall fresco. Zodiac painting on the ceiling. A monkey applauding a bear playing a banjo.
What remains of the Apodyterium ceiling frescoes. Striking a pose. Angel.
Stonework outside Qasr al Amra. Qasr al Kharana. Likely serve the purpose of an inn instead of a military castle. Probably for light, not arrow slits.
Qasr al Kharana interior room. Caved in roof. The courtyard.
The only way in or out. Traditional Syrian design. Driving to Qasr al Azraq, near the Saudi border.

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