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