Umm Al-Walid

The ruins are 15km southeast of Madaba. They cover the length of a small hill (about 40m). The site has been occupied since the Bronze Age, and archaeological explorations have focused on the Umayyad period, specifically on the eastern Qasr and the mosque.  The ruins consist of a mosque, an eastern Qasr, a central Qasr, a western Qasr, and two Roman temples. The complex of three palaces shows an urban pattern of settlement which consists of a unifying enclosure and a common court. The most excavated feature is the eastern Qasr. The mosque and al Qasr were built during the same period and they share the same building materials and architectural motifs. 

The Qasr is a square enclosure, measuring 70m on each side. It has round buttresses at each of its corners and three-half round ones on the sides in between, except on the east side, which has only two. The walls are built of local limestone and include some embossed blocks apparently taken from earlier buildings. The Qasr interior consists of 5 houses arranged around a courtyard. Each house has 4-5 rooms. Some of the rooms were plastered, painted and decorated with stucco.  A preserved example of the stucco can be seen at the Madaba archaeological museum.