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Ajloun – Qala’At Ar-Rabad

Ajloun – Qala’At Ar-Rabad

Ajloun city located in the northern of Jordan and it’s famous for its castle. The archaeological popular site for tourists is Ajloun Castle (in Arabic: Qala’At Ar-Rabad), its an Islamic fortress built during the period of the Crusades.
The castle is located on the top of a mountain just outside the small city of Ajloun, it is an interesting maze of passages/ levels, and offers a wonderful view of the surrounding area of northwestern Jordan as well into Galilee.
Ajloun castle was built in 1184 by Izzeddin Usama Munqith, the nephew of Saladin. Its main purpose was to protect the region against the crusaders. Towering above the green forested hills the castle can be seen from miles away.
From the top of the castle, fourteen hundred meters above sea level, you can admire the panoramic view over the Jordan Valley.
Ajloun castle is one of the best preserved examples of medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture. The castle’s main features are a drawbridge into the main entrance, a fortified entrance gate and several towers. Inside, the castle is a labyrinth of vaulted passages, winding staircases, long ramps, enormous rooms that served as dining halls, dormitories and stables.
The castle hosts a total of 11 water cisterns and the private quarters of the Lord of the Castle.

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