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Ajloun Castle (or Ajlun; Arabic: Qala'at ar-Rabad) one of the great examples of Islamic military architecture safeguarded the routes between Damascus and the south of Jordan, secured the safety of pilgrim and trade caravans traveling to the Hejaz, and also protected nearby iron mining operations - key to the manufacture of weapons.
The first stronghold was built on Saladin's order in 1183 by his nephew and commander Izz al Din Osama, as part of a major military tactic to stop the expansion of Crusader territory in the region.
Later, under the reign of succeeding Mamluk governors, a new tower and gate were added, and the northeast tower was revamped when the castle was used as an administrative center. After damages from a Mongol attack, restorations were done during the reign of Sultan Thaher Baybars between 1259 and 1277 AD.
© Texts from signs displayed on site, authenticated by the Department of Antiquities.
3 km from the town of Ajloun
75 km northwest of Amman,
30 km from Jerash
Summer: 8 am - 6:30 pm
April - May: 8 am - 5:30 pm
November - April: 8 am - 4 pm
Ramadan: 8 am - 3:30 pm
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