007- Early Islamic Period
The Qastal Palace is one of the oldest Umayyad palaces, believed to have been built by the Caliph Abd al-Malik, the builder of the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem. Despite the modern construction on the site, the Qastal Palace has been well preserved and plans are underway to restore it. The palace is a square structure with corner and side towers, 30 rooms grouped into six independent living areas, and a central courtyard. The complex includes over 100 cisterns, a dammed reservoir, baths, the oldest Muslim cemetery in Jordan, and a mosque with the remains of a minaret that might be the oldest in the Islamic world.
On Highway 15, 25 km south of Amman, at the GPS: 31.7460°, 35.9405°.