Mosque Name: Qasr El-Bai’j
City: Desert Castle
Year of construction (AH): pre-Islam
Year of construction (AD): 410
GPS: 32°22’7.32"N 36°20’33.28"E
Original Qibla: Petra
Rebuilt facing Mecca: never
The Gate of Commodus‘ at Um el-Jimal opens onto a road that leads north-west to many ancient villages and towns. Most seem to have been purely civilian but one, just 5 km from Jimal, was certainly military. (Kennedy, 2000). A building inscription dates the construction to 410 AD. The structure measures c. 41 x 41 m, 0.17 ha (0.42 acres) (Parker 1986, 16-17). It is unknown how many different levels of buildings occupy this site. The current buildings seems to have a Qibla direction of 210.2 which is close to pointing to Petra. However, no Qibla wall has been established.