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Ajloun Castle

قلعة عجلون، Ajloun, Jordan
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Ajloun Castle

It’s easy to assume that any castle in the Middle East was built by a Crusader, but the one at Ajloun is a notable exception. Constructed in 1184 by Izz ad-Din Usama bin Munqidh, general and nephew of the great Saladin, it commands a terrific hilltop position above the town of Ajloun, daring anyone to invade its walls. The castle itself is relatively modest but excellently preserved, which is perhaps a surprise given its turbulent history—it was sacked by the Mongols, rebuilt by the Mamelukes, garrisoned by the Ottomans, and repeatedly damaged by earthquakes. There is a small museum, but the atmospheric stonework and tremendous views from the ramparts are the real highlight of any visit here.

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almost 4 years ago

Visit Ajloun's Castle

It wasn't just the Crusaders who built castles in Jordan. This castle (built in 1184) was constructed by Izz ad-Din Usama bin Munqidh, one of Salah ad-Din's generals. Ajloun Castle's vaulted passageways and chambers are on a smaller scale than Jordan's other castles but are well-preserved, plus the castle's setting, high above the town of Ajloun, offers commanding views of the surrounding countryside from the ramparts.