A Cultural Co-operation Agreement signed in 1972 between Spain and Jordan bore fruit on Monday (18 March) when a team of Spanish archaeologists completed their restoration of the murals and mosaics of the twelve-hundred-year-old Quseir El Amra Castle.
LS Quseir El Amra Castle.
SV Spanish and Jordanian government officials outside entrance to castle.
CU Sign 'Quasr Amra'
SV INT. Jordanian and Spanish officials inspect mosaics and remains of murals on walls.
CU Figures in mural (2 shots)
CU PAN over picture of dancing women. Officials look on. (3 shots)
MCU Spanish officials examine mosaics. (2 shots)
MCU Jordanian Minister shows picture album to Spanish Minister.
GV EXT. Roman citadel of Quasr Al-Azraq.
SV Spanish Minister signing visitors' book. He leans on freshly laid commemorative plaque.
CU Writing on plaque stating that Arabs had rebuilt the fort.
GV Officials walk away from plaque.
SV Guide showing entrance to castle to Spaniards.
SV Spaniards enter castle through newly made door.
SV Man closes stone door.
Arabs work on castle restoration.
GV Ruined wall of castle.
LS Delegation leave castle entrance.
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Background: A Cultural Co-operation Agreement signed in 1972 between Spain and Jordan bore fruit on Monday (18 March) when a team of Spanish archaeologists completed their restoration of the murals and mosaics of the twelve-hundred-year-old Quseir El Amra Castle. To mark the occasion, the Spanish Director of Public and Cultural Relations, Marquise de Posinanos, travelled from Spain to examine their work. The smoke-blackened pictures, that Lawrence of Arabia had puzzled over one night as he led the Arabs against the Turks in 1918, had been expertly restored. The pictures were painted about 700 AD while the great Omayyad Dynasty ruled Arabia and the growing Arab Empire.
After examining the restoration work at El Amra, the Marquino accompanied by the Spanish Ambassador, Juan Duran-Loriga and the archaeological team, visited the nearby Roman citadel of Quasr Al-Azraq. Here teams of Jordanian workers from the Ministry of Antiquities were busy restoring the castle.
The two castles are just a small part of the treasures of Jordan. Near the capital of Amman is Jerash - the most completely preserved Roman provincial city in the world - and Madaba, rich with Byzantine mosaics. In Madaba there is also a sixth-century Greek Orthodox Church with one of the earliest maps of the Middle East picked out in Mosaic on its floor. Two hours drive south of Madaba is Kerak - the chief city of Moab and later the capital of one on the Crusader Kingdoms.