003- Greek Period
Qasr al-Abd (palace of the slave) is a two-story, Greek-style palace built by the governor of Ammon Hyrcanus in the 2nd century BCE. The palace is adorned with lions and other animals, and had originally been surrounded by a lush park with a lake. It is constructed with some of the largest stone blocks of any building in the Middle East, which makes it particularly vulnerable to earthquakes. It was flattened by an earthquake in 362 CE and remained in ruins until recently when it was partially reconstructed. Parts of the palace grounds are still buried under the adjacent village of Iraq al-Amir where there are 11 man-made caves that might have been used as stables.
West of Amman at the village of Iraq al-Amir, 10 km down from Wadi al-Seer, at the GPS coordinates: 31.9130°, 35.7520°.