Qasr Iraq El-Amir

Only about 21 miles from Amman, Qasr al-Abed (Castle of the Slave) also known as Qasr Iraq El-Amir, lies in the lush valley of Wadi el-Seer. The massive blocks of stone are thought to be the biggest in the Middle East. Little is known about this place, but it is believed that the builder was Hyracanus, head of the prosperous Tobiad family. The structure is thought to have been built between 187-175 BC. On the upper side of the back wall is an incredible giant lioness with huge fangs with a small lion cub beneath it.
Qasr Iraq El Amir.
Front wall.
At one time water came out of this lion's mouth.
Wall directly opposite the entrance wall.
View of the back wall from the entrance.
Another view of the back wall.
The entrance.
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Another view of the entrance.
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Front wall. Another view.
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Lioness and cub.
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Lioness and cub. Close up.
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Lion carvings.
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Lion carvings. Close up.
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Hippo.
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Qasr Iraq El-Amir from a distance.