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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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Based on 8 reviews
9.1
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Henrique Koo
65, Retired, Leeds
“An eye-opening and wonderful experience that surpassed all of our expectations”
Our trip was a great success and, if anything, it has encouraged us to carry on travelling as much as possible.
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Richard Saunderson
UK
Wonders of the Hashemite Kingdom
9.2
'Thank you for enabling us to visit Jordan, particularly Petra.'
11 December 2018

“Petra itself was far more extensive than we had been led to believe. The early morning start was certainly justified as it enabled us to see virtually the whole of the ancient city. ”

Katie Lennie
UK
Wonders of the Hashemite Kingdom
9.8
'Haven't stopped talking about Jordan since I got back!'
11 December 2018

“The highlight for me was our day at Petra but also loved "bobbing about" in the Dead Sea, visiting Mount Nebo & staying in Wadi Rum desert. I did camel trekking at Wadi Rum which was magical.”

Steve Winson
UK
Wonders of the Hashemite Kingdom
9.9
'To give you an idea of how much we enjoyed the trip it is the first time ever that I lost time and suddenly realized that I didn't know what day it was!'
4 December 2018

“We had a wonderful time in Jordan. From the moment we arrived at the airport we were looked after amazingly. The desert trip in a 4x4 was also stunning as was the stay over at the wadi camp, ”

Michael Wicke
UK
Wonders of the Hashemite Kingdom
8.0
'We both enjoyed the trip to Jordan very much indeed.'
20 November 2018

“The excursions were very good & conducted by our very knowledgable guide who spoke good English.”

Dinesh Phakkey
Warwickshire
Hashemite Kingdom
8.5
'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.”


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