Udruh Qasrs

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Year AD




Original Qibla

Rebuilt facing Mecca

7th century



Two Udruh Qasrs

GPS Coordinates: 30°19'48.34"N 35°35'41.54"E

 Fort Qibla








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Udruh lays east of Petra (Wadi Musa). There are two structures of importance to this survey there. Originally this large area was a Nabataean settlement with a temple. Later it became a Roman fortress, then Byzantine and finally Islamic. The Ottomans rebuilt the fortress and Qasr at the northern wall of the fortress to protect the Hejaz Railway. The fortress at Udruh saw continued use throughout the Byzantine and Islamic periods. See http://opgravinginjordanie.nl/ The large fortress area seems to face Petra (1.70° off) and the smaller Qasr seems to face a between qibla being off by only 3.88°. It is hard to believe that these were not intentional, as they are so close to these qibla directions.

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