The Early Islamic city of Ayla

Previously under Roman rule, Ayla became an important stopping place for Egyptian pilgrims on their way to Mecca after it was conquered by Muhammad around 630 to 631 AD. Today, right in the heart of Aqaba's seafront hotel district, you can see the remains of city walls, gates, a large mosque and other buildings.  The site is well marked and has informative panels detailing its history and importance.

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