July 2005

King Hussien Car Museum and Qasr Iraq El Amir.

King Hussien Car Museum

Located in Amman, this museum houses a vast collection of automobiles acquired by the late King Hussein. The tour makes for a wonderful couple of hours of walking.

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Qasr Iraq El-Amir

Located near the narrow fertile valley of Wadi Essair, a contrast to the bare, treeless plateau around Amman to the East. Iraq El-Amir (Cave of the Prince), where eleven caves are carved into the cliff face and Qaser El-Abd (Palace of the Slave) is 10 km down the valley of Wadi Essair.
The hellinistic ruins of Qaser El-Abd are of an enormous palace thought to have been built by Hyrcanus of the powerful Tobiad family during the 2nd century AD. The name "Tobia" is engraved in Aramaic at the entrance and there is also a carving of a lioness sheltering a cub at the palace. A degree of mystery surrounds the reason of the construction of Qaser El-Abd that was devastated by great earthquake of 362 AD.

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