Mosque Name: Qasr Burqu’

Country: Jordan

City: Desert Castle

Year of construction (AH): 81 AH

Year of construction (AD): 700 AD

GPS: 34° 0’26.03”N 36°12’25.59”E

Original Qibla: unknown

Rebuilt facing Mecca: never


Qasr Burqu’ is located on the shore of Ghadir (Lake) Burqu’. It is the only year round watering place in northeastern Jordan. The Romans in the 3rd century rebuilt the ancient dam that secured water for caravans heading between Syria and Arabia.

It is a very remote location, that seemed to have been used as a monastery during the Byzantine era, and later as a meeting place for nomadic Arabs.

As Qasr Burqu’ is built on earlier ruins, and also because there is no obvious mosque, no qibla can be established. There is nothing in this building complex that suggests a qibla of any sort.

According to an inscription (700 AD) the palace was restored and enlarged by the Umayyads who used it as part of the network of forts patrolling the outlets from Wadi Sirhan. Walid I was in charge of that region in 708 AD during his father Abd al-Malik‘s reign. Other Arabic inscriptions on one of the walls of the fort suggests that it may have been occupied as late as 1409.

The drawing below is taken from: A New Architectural Survey of Qasr Burqu’, Eastern Jordan, by Svend Helms, F. S. A., The Antiquaries Journal, 1991





Page Discussion

Membership is required to comment. Membership is free of charge and available to everyone over the age of 16. Just click SignUp, or make a comment below. You will need a user name and a password. The system will automatically send a code to your email address. It should arrive in a few minutes. Enter the code, and you are finished.

Members who post adverts or use inappropriate language or make disrespectful comments will have their membership removed and be barred from the site. By becoming a member you agree to our Terms of Use and our Privacy, Cookies & Ad Policies. Remember that we will never, under any circumstances, sell or give your email address or private information to anyone unless required by law. Please keep your comments on topic. Thanks!