AZRAQ (Arabic : الأزرق meaning "the blue one") is a small
Zarqa Governorate in central-eastern
* 1 History * 2 Demographics * 3 Wildlife reserve * 4 See also * 5 References
Azraq has long been an important settlement in a remote and now-arid desert area of Jordan. The strategic value of the town and its castle ( Qasr Azraq ) is that it lies in the middle of the Azraq oasis , the only permanent source of fresh water in approximately 12,000 square kilometres of desert.
The town is located on a major desert route that would have
facilitated trade within the region. The
Azraq oasis has a long
history beginning in the
The area near the Azraq Oasis is set with hundreds of geoglyphs , large wheel-shaped structures made of stone that date back at least 2,000 years. These structures are often found on lava fields and range from 82 feet to 230 feet (25 meters to 70 meters) across. Archaeologists used to believe that the Azraq Oasis wheels were used as a cemetery, although that is now in doubt.
Azraq refugee camp , sheltering refugees of the Syrian Civil War
, was opened in 2014 and is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of
Azraq. The site had been previously used during the
The Azraq Castle
According to the
The Shaumari Wildlife Reserve in Azraq.
Azraq is also notable as being the site of one of Jordan's seven protected nature reserve areas (set up by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature ): the Azraq Wetlands Reserve in Azraq al-Janoubi (South Azraq).
The separate and larger Shaumari reserve is also close to Azraq, being only 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of the town.
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Coordinates : 31°50′N 36°49′E / 31.833°N 36.817°E