Khirbat al-Mafjar (MEGT)
Jericho, Palestine
The palace complex of Khirbat al-Mafjar, built by Caliph Hisham in the Jordan valley close to Jericho, was surrounded by cultivated lands and orchards. An aqueduct brought water to the complex. Beside the residence, there was a mosque and a bath with a large audience hall. In front of all these buildings, there was a garden area with a central pavilion with a very singular plan.
The palace was destroyed by the earthquake of 749.
Source: Archaeological Analysis, 20th century


-Antonio Almagro, D. Fairchild Ruggles


Khirbat al-Mafjar, an Arab Mansion in the Jordan Valley (Open in Zotero)

Early Muslim Architecture (Open in Zotero)

Originally published at: Almagro, Antonio, and D. Fairchild Ruggles. “Khirbat al-Mafjar.” Middle East Garden Traditions. Dumbarton Oaks, November 18, 2014. Archived at:

Jericho, Palestine
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Dates of attested life: 724-749
Date of entry of information: August 2007
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