Lot's Cave

Lot's Cave

In the hills east of Ghor As-Safi (ancient Zoar), a cave was found in 1991 with Early and Middle Bronze Age pottery. Speculation linked the finds with Abraham’s nephew Lot, whose named was inscribed in the cave.

The cave, a 10-minute climb up a steep flight of steps, is surrounded by the ruins of a small Byzantine church (5th to 8th centuries), a reservoir and some mosaics. Remains from the cave date to the early Bronze Age (3300–2000 BC) and an inscription in the cave mentions Lot who, according to the Bible, moved to a cave in the hills above Zoar after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.