Kerak Castle
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Kerak Castle
Kerak Castle
Kerak Castle
Kerak Castle
Kerak Castle

It’s hard to imagine how early-12th-century Crusaders were able to construct the massive hilltop castle at Kerak in such a barren environment. While a museum inside tells the story of the stronghold, it is perhaps the moat, arrow slits and dungeons that best bring to life the epic struggles between Crusaders and the sultan Saladin. Though not as well preserved, the nearby 12th-century castle called Shoubak (also known as Montreal) sits at an elevation of 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) and is known for carved inscriptions by Mamluk soldiers.

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