More a fortress than a castle, Kerak is one of a long line of fortified castles built by the Crusaders from Aqaba in teh south all the way to Turkey in the north.

Today, it stands as an impressive example of the Crussaders’ architectural military genius.

The castle is built on a promontory overlooking the old city of Karak, and its overwhelming silhouette marked by a ring of walls and towers dominates the fertile lands and roadways below.

Built in 1161 by the Crusaders, the castle was later renovated  and enlarged during Muslim rule.

A visitor’s center, an archeological museum, and some rest houses with simple accommodations and restaurants ar located near the site.


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