Humeima (ancient Hawara) is a town founded by the Nabatean King Aretas around the 2nd century BCE. According to legend, the site was revealed to the king by an apparition. The lack of nearby water sources prompted the building of an aqueduct from the Qana springs 25 km to the north, bringing water to a number of originally covered cisterns and to a large uncovered pool. Some cisterns are still in use today, while other structures have yet to be excavated. Humeima remained inhabited through the early Islamic period. Its ruins include the foundation of the earliest, large Roman fort in Jordan, at least five Byzantine churches, and an Abbasid mosque and palace. The Abbasid family launched a takeover of the Muslim Empire in the 8th century CE from Humeima.
Between Ma’an and Aqaba, off Highway 15, at the GPS coordinates: 29.9503°, 35.3468°.