Qasr Al-Mushatta is part of the Tentative list of Jordan in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Qasr Al-Mushatta is the ruin of an 8th century Umayyad winter palace. The complex is fully enclosed by a wall with 25 semi-circular towers. Its decorated facade in carved stone has been removed and was presented as a gift from the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid to German Kaiser Wilhelm I. It is on display at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin since 1932.
Map of Qasr Al-MushattaLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
The site is located very close to the Ammann airport, so for visitors renting a car there (very recommended for Jordan) it may be the first spot. The site is not very popular, so there are few tourists, no fee and no guards or other personnel. Qasr Al-Mushatta is a quite well preserved ruin of Umayyad palace from 8th century. It served as a khalif's palace and from what remained one may realize that it was really magnificent. Main construction of the palace survived, but nothing but naked walls remains inside. Beautiful facade of the palace was mostly disassembled and moved to Berlin, where it can be admired in famous Pergamon Museum.
Qasr Al-Mushatta is an easy site that can be visited very quickly. Definitly worth a detour.
2001 Added to Tentative List
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