Qasr Kharana

Kharana. About 55 kilometers (34 miles) east of Amman, this is a well preserved Ummayed palace. A painted Kufic inscription above the door on the upper level is dated September AD 711, though the building is thought to be much older. A variety of stones in the main entrance, inscribed with Greek letters, may well indicate that Kharana was erected on a Roman or Byzantine site.

The ground and upper stories have 61 chambers between them and the walls have lavish plastering and splendid vaulted ceilings.