Fayd Oasis City

On the south of the archeological site, excavations have revealed an area with ovens once used by the population of Fayd. Their amount and their distance to the fortress give an idea of the extend of the old city. Some estimations state that at its golden age the ancient oasis city of Fayd hosted more than 1 000 souls that provided shelter and supplies to the pilgrims and merchants traveling between Baghdad and Makkah.

One of the most famous features of Fayd is its large cisterns that gathered water flowing from the nearby Harrat Umm Hurruj towards the oasis. The one located on the north of the fortress is about 22 meters wide and nearly 2 meters deep. On the south of the excavations is the old mosque where Fayd’s population, together with pilgrims and merchants from the east of the Muslim Empire used to pray for at least 5 centuries.

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