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Jordan - Map

Ajloun Castle

A Muslim Castle situated some 76 kilometres northeast of Amman. The solid fort was constructed by Izz al-Din Usama, commander and nephew of Saladin between 1184 and 1185. Apparently, it was constructed for several reasons. Firstly, to protect the region from the attacks of crusaders from the fortresses of Al Karak, to the south, and Beisan, to the west. Secondly, To protect communications between the south of Jordan and Syria, as, due to their location, there existed a narrow pass running from the northern Jordan Valley and the three main valleys that led to it, Wadi Kufranjah, Wadi Rajeb and Wadi Al-Yabes. Thirdly, to control the advancing kingdom of Jerusalem and as a replica of the Belvoir Fort, in the Sea of Galilee, in Israel. The final reason was to protect the iron mines in the region. The original castle had four towers. The thinner embrasures in the walls were added later as was the 16 metre wide moat that would surround the castle. The castle was shaken by earthquakes in 1837 and 1927, and is currently in the process of being restored, although you can easily visit from the city of Ajlun.

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Henrique Koo
65, Retired, Leeds
“An eye-opening and wonderful experience that surpassed all of our expectations”
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Dinesh Phakkey
Hashemite Kingdom
'We enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to friends.'
21 October 2018

“I thought that the trip was excellent value for money and the itinerary was comprehensive for the number of days we had.”

Anthony Wakeham
Hashemite Kingdom
‘We really enjoyed our trip’
9 September 2018

“‘Our guide, Wahide, was a terrific guide with lots of knowledge, and looked after us very well.’

From Petra to the Pyramids
‘A vibrant, exciting & informative experience’
2 September 2018

“'We were lucky enough to have the guide, Khalid, to ourselves throughout the trip and found him to be extremely informative and knowledgeable about the country and also very good with time-keeping and ensuring that the tour ran smoothly. The guides were also thoughtful about the heat and also about the best way to see the sites before the crowds. We visited a great variety of Jordan’s most stunning sights, including iconic Petra, which we enjoyed walking around, even climbing up to the vantage point which gave us a great birds-eye view of the ancient city.'

Azeem Raja
From Petra to the Great Pyramids
‘The holiday was superb and we were repeat customers and will continue to be customers as we were so impressed with arrangements.’
19 August 2018

“‘The meet and greet was spot on and the guide and driver were very good and commendable.’

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