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  • Address: Ajlun, Jordon, Jordan

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Ajloun Castle Tours

Built atop the ruins of a monastery between 1184 and 1188, Ajloun Castle (Qala’At Ar-Rabad in Arabic) sits on Jabal Auf hill overlooking the countryside in the north of Jordan. Arab general Azz ad-Din Usama, Saladin’s nephew, oversaw its construction in part to protect the region from Crusader expansion and to safeguard iron mines in the nearby hills. The fort was enlarged in 1214 but largely destroyed by Mongols in 1260. It was rebuilt almost immediately, and while earthquakes have twice caused significant damage, ongoing restorations have kept the castle in much the same condition as it stood in the 13th century.

During the Crusades, the hilltop fort was one in a series of beacon and pigeon posts that allowed messages to be transmitted from Damascus to Cairo in a single day. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the fort served as a garrison for Ottoman troops, and in 1812, when it was “discovered” by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, the vasy castle was occupied by a single, 40-member family.

Today Ajloun Castle houses a small museum with artifacts from its long history. Visitors can climb to the top of several towers for sweeping views of the Jordan Valley all the way to the Dead Sea.

Practical Info

The walk to the castle from town is steep and tiring, so consider taking a taxi from Ajloun.

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The North Tour of Jordan Jerash Ajlun Castle and Um Qais, Amman, null
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The North Tour of Jordan Jerash Ajlun Castle and Um Qais

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

The North Tour of Jordan is the Kingdom's best kept secret. This rich and historical terrain host the sites of Jerash, the best preserved Roman City outside of ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.50
Private North Tour Jerash and Ajlun including Amman Panoramic from Amman, Amman, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private North Tour Jerash and Ajlun including Amman Panoramic from Amman

Take a journey through time to visit Jerash, one of the Decapolis cities to the north of Amman, and the most complete and well preserved city of the Roman ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.50
Half Day Tour of Jerash and Ajloun, Amman, Day Trips
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Half Day Tour of Jerash and Ajloun

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Enjoy a half day excursion to visit Jerash ancient city ruins and Ajloun castle, which is located on the north of Jordan.

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00
Private Full-Day Ajloun Visit from Dead Sea, Amman, Day Trips
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Private Full-Day Ajloun Visit from Dead Sea

The castle of Ajlun is another outstanding part of northern Jordan, built by the Muslims during the 12th Century in the time of Saladin for defensive purposes ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.25
Private North Tour: Jerash and Ajlun Including Amman Panoramic from Dead Sea, Amman, Private Day ... 
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Private North Tour: Jerash and Ajlun Including Amman Panoramic from Dead Sea

Go on a day tour to explore one of the largest and most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world to this day. Jerash has paved streets with the ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman, Amman, Private Day ... 
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Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This 10-hour tour visits several Islamic medieval castles and a number of fortresses with fresco art and zodiac dome. Explore Qasr Amra from the Umayyads era, ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.25
Private Tour to Ajloun from Amman, Amman, Private Day Trips
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Private Tour to Ajloun from Amman

The castle of Ajlun is another outstanding part of northern Jordan, built by the Muslims during the 12th Century in the time of Saladin for defensive purposes ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Amman, Amman, Day Trips
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Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Amman

On this tour you will visit Umm Qais, the Governor’s House has been restored, Umm Qais that offers far reaching views over the Northern Jordan Valley, the Sea ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Private Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman, Amman, Day Trips
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Private Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

The North tour of Jordan is a step back into time. Your private car and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby or other mutual agreed location at 8am to start ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.00
Private Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Quais Full-Day Tour, Amman, Walking Tours
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Private Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Quais Full-Day Tour

Travel to Jerash, Ajloun and Umm Qais from your hotel in Amman with this private, full-day chauffeur service. Start with the ruins of Jerash, a well-preserved ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.50

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