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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a) is a Roman military camp in Jordan. Also written as Umm as-Rasas, it is today recognised as a World Heritage Site. The military camp later became a town from the 5th century, and holds remains of Roman, Byzantine and Early Muslim structures from the different periods.

Um er-Rasas has not been fully excavated, with much remains to be rediscovered. Archaeologists have however discovered 16 churches, including the Church of St Stephen, with its exquisite mosaic floor. It was laid in AD 786. The other churches in the area are undergoing excavation and are also unveiling mosaic decorations.


Um er-Rasas, Jordan
Um er-Rasas, Jordan
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a) was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in Suzhou, China, on 28 June - 7 July, 2004.

Location: N 31 30 6.012 E 35 55 14.016
Inscription Year: 2004
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, IV, VI
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