Deir al-Kahf (Arabic for Monastery of the Cave) is located in north of Azraq and is easy to reach with a normal vehicle.
Originating as a Nabatean structure, the 4th century AD fort was considered an important miitary outpost for the Roman defences against the Arab desert tribes of the Badia. Various powers utilized it through the Islamic period and finally abandoned in the Ottoman period.
In the 20th century the fort was reused by Bedouin and Druze communities. Deir Al-Kahf contains the remains of an impressive water system. A dam and a large reservoir just outside the site boundaries fed an additional reservoir inside the walls via an underground channel.
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