Al Karak Castle
Al Karak Hwy، الكرك، Jordan
About Al Karak Castle
A large Crusader castle located in al-Karak, Jordan. It is one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant.
Attractions near Al Karak Castle
A Hot Spring hidden deep in a large valley with lush vegetation, hanging gardens, palm trees, and plenty of water running through a narrow gorge.
Valley known for its deep gorge cut through the sandstone. It gives its name to the Bronze Age ruins located at its mouth with the Dead Sea- the archaeological site of Numeira.
The place were Lot, brother of Abraham is said to have lived in a cave with his two daughters. The place consists of a monastery, a Byzantine basilica from the 7th century A.D. and the Cave of Lot.
Wadi Mujib, the biblical Arnon stream is a river canyon which enters the Dead Sea at 420 metres (1,380 ft) below sea level. The canyon consists of mountainous, rocky, and sparsely vegetated desert (up to 800 metres (2,600 ft)), with cliffs and gorges cutting through plateaus. Perennial, spring-fed streams flow to the shores of the Dead Sea.
Roman fort ruins in the desert of Jordan. One of the best preserved Roman military structure in the world. The fort is built of local stone and forms a with a nearly square reactangle with large projecting rectangular towers in each corner.
Situated in the Jordanian Desert, the site has been allied to the biblical settlement of Mephaat mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah. The Roman military utilized the site as a strategic garrison, but it was later converted and inhabited by Christian and Islamic communities. The mosaic floor of the Church of St Stephen made in 785 (discovered after 1986) is the most important discovery on the site. The perfectly preserved mosaic floor is the largest in Jordan.
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What visitors say about Al Karak Castle
This large crusaders castle sits on the edge of a mountain, with stunning views of the towns below.
The castle is separated from rest of the mountain by a moat and it is mostly in ruins. Most parts of the castle that is viewable from the groud is damaged but underneath the top, there are long stretches of dungeons, chambers and huge rooms. This castle was constructed in 1100's and played an important rule in controlling the trade routes in the area. There is a long history of sieges and battles fought to take control of this fort.
In addition the the castle, there is a museum as well functioning at the place. We were there on a friday, so the museum was not open, but the castle was.