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Qasr Amra – A Desert Castle In Jordan

Located in Jordan Qasr Amra is a historic place that is quite famous amongst the tourists. What’s so interesting about this place? It’s basically a red limestone palace. This palace dates back to the 8th Century and is located east of Amman. As per history, this palace was constructed under the reign of Ommayyad Caliph Al-Walid.

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Qasr Amra, Jordan

Qasr Amra is known by many other names, but the most popular ones are the Qasr Amra and Little Palace at Amra.When you walk downhill from the visitor’s area towards this modest architecture, it’s not really difficult to make out what all the fuss is about.

When you enter the main building into the main hall where all the parties, exhibitions, grand dinners and meetings were once held, it is absolutely underwhelming as the intense light from all around the desert eradicates the frescoes inside.

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But then gradually your eyes get accustomed to the light and you are further greeted by two bare-breasted women painted on the arches, with bowls of food or money against the blue background, draped in rich quality detailed work cloth.

These are not the usual styled images of the day; they belong to a religious canon of symbols and signs. Instead, they seem to be a unique attempt to capture daily reality and dissimilar to the geometric imagery that comes to be linked to an early Islamic art.

Qasr Amra Baths

When you go further there is a small doorway that leads through three small rooms that are made for the baths. The changing room (apodyterium) has a very diverse architecture, Qasr Amra has three blackened faces on the ceiling which depicts the three stages of a man’s life. Locals of this area believe that the central figure among the three is a representation of Christ. The left wall has a strange painting of a bear playing a banjo, along with a monkey applauding monkey which without any doubt seems to be some political narcissism of the day.

It should also be noted that Qasr Amra is not a residential area, nor it was ever intended to be occupied over the passage of time.

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Ashford Castle An Ancient Castle In Lough Corrib, Ireland

Ashford Castle has a long drawn history, for groping its details you will have to go back to several centuries’ right up to 1200. It is located about 45 miles north of Gal way on the west coast of Ireland. It is positioned on an isthmus stuck between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask and is surrounded by 350 acres of parkland.  The entrance to the forte, you will find a stone bridge protected by turrets at either side. The forte is of grey stone structure and is a combination of a Norman castle and French chateau, all completely renovated. Its formal and walled gardens extended out towards the loughs on either side. Continue reading

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Buckingham Palace The London Residence

We believe, our reader must be aware of with the word Buckingham Palace. Today we will try to take you around of palace with a view to making well-informed with the facts. It is nothing but an official London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the whole United Kingdom. Buckingham Palace is located somewhere in the city of Westminster. It is believed this Palace was constructed and opened some time back in the year 1703; it has five floors, 775 rooms. These include 19 staterooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, altogether 188 bedrooms for staff, out of which 99 bedrooms are allocated to an officer and 78 bathrooms. Continue reading

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Amberley Castle, West Sussex

Amberley Castle is in a small village in West Sussex in the South East of England; it is located somewhere near the town of Arundel. The area is full building and high rise castle of 12 century or later. The architecture is of the unique nature with full of stonework, high rise curtain walls, tower, together with high rise main gateway, giving a fortress look. If you happened to be there, you will definitely feel amazing; feel more secure from your enemy in case you have. It gives you reminiscence of old emperor days which they used to construct for their safety and secure. Continue reading