Mosque Name: Qasr Al-Hallabat Mosque

Country: Jordan

City: Desert Castle

Year of construction (AH): 212 AH

Year of construction (AD): 827 AD

GPS: 32° 5’35.51"N 36°19’40.96"E

Original Qibla: Mecca

Rebuilt facing Mecca: na


This Qasr was originally located in the eastern desert, but now modern development is starting to surround it. A Roman fortress was built on the road linking Azraq to the Via Nova Triana under the reign of Emperor Caracalla. About two kilometers away is a bathhouse known locally as Hammam Al-Sarrah.

Umayyad Caliph Hisham ibn Abdul Malik (742 CE / 124 AH) ordered the demolishing of the Roman fortress in the 8th century AD and ordered new developnebts of a grand palace. (Wan Hussin, 2010). It is unclear if this actually happened as the Roman fortress seems t be mostly intact. Most likely the external mosque dates 212 AH / 827 CE when the rebuilding was to take place. One inscription dates the construction as late as 529 AH. The main fortress does not seem to have a Qibla, probably due to its Roman origins. The mosque for the Qasr is in the bottom lect corner. The mosque Qibla is clearly defined, and faces Mecca. (0.68°)



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