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Qusayr ‘Amra,

 Qusayr ‘Amra - placed on the World Heritage List in 1985 - is located 85 kilometers to the east of Amman and is a small residence that

dates to the Umayyad period and was commissioned by the caliph Walid Ibn Yazid sometime between 723 and 743.

The building is a lodge with a hammam and its interiors are covered with mural paintings representing

hunting and bath scenes, artisans at work, a zodiac, and other scenes of court life.

In January 2011 the conservation activity on the exterior and the interior of

Qusayr Amra started, after an Italian team of specialized conservators

had provided training to workmen and conservators from

the Department of Antiquities in order to introduce

them to the theory and practice of wall and mural

painting conservation, during a workshop in

Amman organized by the Italian Higher

Institute for Conservation and

Restoration, the Department

of Antiquities of Jordan and

the support of World

Monuments

Fund.