Capitolias, "lying on the hill top"
is still the name of the Jordanian city Beit Ras,and show with its theatre and the large water basin and cisterns it still shows the splendor of the Decapolis era.
Located at the end of the Wadi al Arab, over several thousand years, until modern times, it was an important junction of the ancient roads in this region. As individual locations and hill names suggest in the immediate vicinity, here was a resting place of the Persian and Arab merchants after the ascent from the Jordan Valley or after the last rest and Station near the present Muzeirib or Dera'a.
The left picture shows the remainder of the preserved large open water basin, which according to the masonry on one of the long sides should also have had connection to other cisterns and own water collection channels. The large walk-in cisterns described by Nelson Glück in the 1940s are garbed and almost impossible to find due to of new buildings. Most of them (ancient cisterns) have been converted into smaller "house cisterns" and are now closed with concrete.