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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 located 76 km (47 mi) northwest of Jordan’s capital city Amman.


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.

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