100 km south of Amman, not far from Qatrana

4th Century AD

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North 31° 23′ 24″
East 35° 58′ 9″


Qasr El-Al

Qasr el-Al, one of three Nabatean / Roman fortifications within the visual contact between them, is situated just 4km north of Qasr Bshir and like Qasr Abu el-Kharaq, was reused by the Roman army to secure the eastern desert border of  Arabia province.

Excavation of the site suggested it was occupied from Iron Age all through till our present time. A Nabatean inscription found at the Qasr points out at the fortress with stone enclosure was built during the Nabataean period. A cistern and water structure of kind were also found at the site.

Romans reinforced the fortress to use it as a watchtower but not much more information is available at the moment.

Qasr el-Al can be visited via Desert highway and a 4×4 or crossover vehicle is required to reach the site.


Timeline of Qasr El-Al History

1st Century AD

Nabatean Period

The earliest occupation on the site may have been a fortress of Nabataean date, as suggested found inscription.
1st Century AD
4th Century AD

Roman Period

Romans reused the Nabatean fortification and used it as a watchtower along with Qasr Abu El-Kharaq.
4th Century AD
21st Century AD

Present Time

Today, the ruins of Qasr el-Al can be visited from the Desert highway.
21st Century AD

Nearby Attractions

Qasr Bshir (Castra Praetorii Mobeni) is one of the best-preserved Roman forts …
A short distance from Qasr Bshir stands the Nabatean / Roman tower of Abu El-Kharaq …

Roman Forts

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