Lot's Cave

South of the Dead Sea and near the village of Safi is a steep slope which is the location of a monastery, a Byzantine basilica from the 7th century A.D. and the Cave of Lot. The entrance to the cave is directly behind the basilica. A stone bearing the inscription “St. Lot” which was found during excavations is evidence for a localization of Lot’s Cave at this place in antiquity.

The Byzantine basilica, which is also depicted on the Madaba Map, has three aisles with three apses, and its floor is decorated with a mosaic. A doorway at the back of the left northern aisle provides access to the cave of Lot.

In the southern part of the church is a cistern with a depth of 7 m. A series of rooms north of the church were probably part of a monastery and pilgrims’ accommodations.

Lot, who was brother of Abraham, fled with his wife and his daughters from the sinfulness of Sodom. In spite of a warning his wife looked back upon the city and turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:1-26). Today the strangely shaped rock on a slope above the Dead Sea bears the name “Lot’s Wife”. In ancient times the site near Safi was identified with the place were Lot is said to have lived in a cave with his two daughters. According to the Old Testament, Lot was given wine by his daughters and he fathered two children by them – the ancestors of the Ammonites and Moabites.

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