Just west of Jerash, the castle of Ajloun is another highlight of northern Jordan. The castle of Ajloun was built in 1184 by a nephew of Salah al-Din (Saladin to Westerners). It is one of the very few Islamic castles built in Jordan to protect the country from Crusader attacks.
Ajloun is a hilly town in the north of Jordan. A visit to Saladin Castle will take you on a journey back in time, to the times of the Crusaders. The Qalat er-Rabad, as the castle is locally known, was the base of Saladin’ Arab forces when he defeated the Crusaders in the 12th century.