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Quasr el-Kharaneh

The Quasr el-Kharaneh, at some 65 kilometers from Amman, is the best preserved of all buildings in the Jordanian desert. It measures 36,5 x 35,5 meters, has two floors surrounding a courtyard, with part of the northern side of the top floor being unfinished. It is unclear when it was built, some claim that it was during the time the Persians took Jerusalem, so around 614, others that it is from Umayyad times, so tens of years later. One inscription by a visitor is of 24 November 710, in the top floor, indicating that by then the top floor was finished.
I took many pictures, trying to show some of the special architectural features, but cannot give information on what is precisely what room on what floor.
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