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Kerak Castle

Kerak, Jordan
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Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

If you like ruins of old castlesm only then you may opt to make a visit, The drive on the steep slopes gives you a frighteningly good experience. Good enough but could have been better if maintained properly.

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

lots to see - interesting castle- the largest in the country- needs good guide to talk though the history from the Crusaders and Saladin- good photo oportunities

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British living in Oman
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75 reviews 75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Karak castle is partly restored. There are lots of tunnels underground. The rooms off the tunnels are not lit, so take your torch. It was only one Jordanian Dinar to get in. A real bargain. We ate at a cafe called Kir... Just 200m from the castle entrance, near the road entrance.

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San Antonio, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

So fun to wander around and see the construction of this historical fort/castle. Get a guide for more understanding of the site.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

the castle is worth going, nevertheless you will be disappointed with the fact that the place is dirty all around...

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North Hollywood, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Set way high up on a perch overlooking the intersection of ancient trade routes in Kerak Castle. Have fun walking and climbing through this atmospheric structure. I hired a local guide which made it much more interesting. Some of the biggest battles between the crusaders and Saladin and the moslems took place here. My driver for the day was Hani... More

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Muscat, Oman
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Not so much the castle, but the town, the cooler air, and the beautiful road from the Dead Sea. Very pleasant stop over on Kings road.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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331 reviews 331 reviews
113 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Stopping at Kerak is a worthwhile endeavor if you are anywhere close to the Dead Sea. We stopped here for a few hours-- enough time for lunch and a leisurely hop through the castle-- on our way to Dana. I'd recommend coming here for about 3 hours in order to marvel at the well-preserved state of the fortress itself, and... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Kerak is something that you should visit if you are visiting Jordan. A castel is in very well preserved condition, considering the age.

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42 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Construction began in the 1140s, under Paganus, Fulk of Jerusalem's butler. The Crusaders called it Crac des Moabites or "Karak in Moab", as it is frequently referred to in history books. Paganus was also Lord of Oultrejordain (Transjordan), and Karak became the centre of his power, replacing the weaker castle of Montreal (Shobak) to the south. A very worthwhile trip... More

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