Ajloun Castle (Arabic: قلعة عجلون; transliterated: Qalʻat 'Ajloun), is a 12th-century Muslim castle situated in northwestern Jordan. It is placed on a hilltop belonging to the Mount Ajloun district, also known as Jabal 'Auf after a Bedouin tribe which had captured the area in the 12th century. From its high ground the castle was guarding three wadis which descend towards the Jordan Valley. It was built by the Ayyubids in the 12th century and enlarged by the Mamluks in the 13th.Add Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad) to your Ajlun travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Ajlun trip maker.
The name 'Ajlun goes back to a Christian monk who lived on this mountain in the Byzantine period. The castle stands on the ruins of a monastery, traces of which were discovered during archaeological excavations.
The castle has been the nucleus of a settlement which has grown to become the present town of Ajloun. The castle's developing faubourg led to its second name, Qalʻat ar-Rabad, "the castle of the faubourg" or "the castle with the suburbs”.
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Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad) Reviews
The Aljun Castle was our first destination for our Amman tour. The castle is a 12th-century Muslim castle situated in northwestern Jordan about 73 km from Amman. It is built on a hilltop belonging... more »
Ajlun castle was built on a steep hill and well preserved. There are guides to provide you with the history of the castle if you need one. From the top of the towers, you get a spectacular view... more »
Went there 4 times in one year. It's cool, nice, entry fees not so expensive, a bit of a hike, needs a better parking lot. There should be more informative stuff so that people might learn something. A great view ones you reach the top
A Roman Castle designed for defence and protection The castle has an ancient church with mosaic that shows Jesus Fish miracle. Excellent architecture and arches. The main towers have been destroyed. There is a water channel around the castle that is dry. You pass over a wooden bridge to get in.
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