Just a few miles west of Jerash is the town of Ajlun. Here you can find the town’s famousattraction, the Ajlun Castle (qal’at ar-Rabad). It was built in 1184 by a nephew of the famed Muslim commander, Saladin, who defeated the Crusaders in 1189. A fine example of islamic architecture, the fortress dominated a wide stretch of the northern Jordan Valley.
From its hilltop position, Ajlun Castle protected the communication routes between south Jordan and Syria, and was one of a chain of forts that lit beacons at night to pass signals from the Euphrates River as far away as Cairo. Today, Ajlun Castle is a splendid sight and fascinating warren of towers, chambers, galleries, and staircases to explore. Its hilltop position offers an incredible view of the Jordan Valley