Iraq al-Amir Tour

Iraq al-Amir Tour

Around 14 km southwest of Amman, the desert plateau gives way to the fertile, spring-fed Wadi al-Seer, lined with olive groves and orchards, very popular for weekend family picnics.

A tour to Iraq al-Amir along the Wadi also offers several unique cultural attractions, from an ancient dovecote carved out of the rock, and a misterious Byzantine cave church, to the striking Hellenistic palace of Qasr al-Abd and "Caves of The Prince", as well as the Handicraft Village run by women from the community, where a delicious home-made meal can be enjoyed.


Map: Iraq al-Amir Tour

Muallaqat al-Dayr

Muallaqat al-Dayr

An ancient dovecote cut in the rock face at the southern side of Wadi al-Seer. About 800 triangular niches carved into the walls of two parallel chambers, each of three floors, with windows and doors.

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Al-Bassah Cave & Church

Al-Bassah Cave & Church

Roman-Byzantine remains of a large cave with a church inside, and a second church built in front of the entrance. Researchers found strong relations with the heritage of Jesus, John the Baptist, and disciples.

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Ancient Caves - Iraq al-Amir

Ancient Caves - Iraq al-Amir

The "Caves of the Prince" are 15 caves in the cliff face, with an easy staircase access, and open gallery connection, which also offers spectacular views of the valley.

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Qasr al-Abd

Qasr al-Abd

The highlight of the Iraq al-Amir tour is the visit of Qasr al-Abd. The Hellenistic palace from the 2nd cent. BC with life-size lion reliefs and leopard fountains is an architectural monument of unique character in Jordan.

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Handicrafts Village

Handicrafts Village

Women’s Cooperative Association in ten historical houses, where women from the community make and sell ceramics, paper and soap products, weavings, and home-made food.

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Recommendations for cultural travellers: Contemporary art, art history, architecture, design, cultural heritage

Web guide, including informative photo tours with interactive maps and special presentations of venues, sites, events

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