QASR USAYKIM (قصر أصيخم)

This small Roman fort, built from basalt in the 3rd century over the ruins of a 1st-century Nabataean building, is between Azraq and Safawi. We do not know why, but the 10km access road stops about 1km from the hilltop fort. The graded track thereafter is not passable by car. Anyway, the walk was more rewarding because it gave me a sense of the utter remoteness of this former military outpost. The small structure is worth a visit for the commanding view of the plains, framed by a basaltic Roman arch.

Parking location: 31.953031N 36.952037E