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Ajloun Fort

Ajloun National Park, Jerash, Jordan
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Jerash
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Onex, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

tips: for the best view get on the top of the castle the view facing the south in the evening is great

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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This place is very very beautiful: first, the city of Ajloun has the air of a super cool traditional and small resort. Streets are bustling with vendors and shoppers, cars are trying to advance on narrow lanes...and then you see the hill where the castle is: like in photos. Once up, the view is magnificent: you can see the whole... More

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New York City, New York
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192 reviews 192 reviews
51 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Seems like part of the things to do in this part of Jordan, and quite an imposing structure, but no real story here and little effort to convey any...really disappointed at top after climbed a bunch of stairs on what already is the highest point in the country...yes really excellent vistas, but ZERO way finding...would have been nice to know... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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64 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Tons of climbing here. Lots and lots of rooms to wander through and look at. The views from this castle are amazing. Beautiful views of olive orchards. If the wind blows the right way, you'll even smell leftover olive pomace being used as compost. Definitely not pleasant. On the way here we saw a 900 year old pistachio tree. Our... More

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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We hired a taxi to bring us to Ajloun Fort (wait one hour) and then drive to Jerash (wait two hours) for 50 JD. I'm glad we included Ajloun when going to Jerash as it is incredibly well preserved. Originally built to protect against Crusader attacks from Karak, it was intended to protect the local iron mines in the area.... More

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Los Angeles
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This place felt like a real castle, unlike some of the ruins in the rest of Europe. This has store floors, so they were preserved (unlike wood that rots). We enjoyed running around inside the different rooms, and checking out the views.

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

So much to see, if you like castles you will love this! On a clear day apparently you can see all the way to Al Quds.

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

While the fort is mostly empty of contents, it's strategic placement, construction and durability over the years still impresses. There are a small number of exhibits in one chamber in the fort, but I found just walking through each room to be equally as informative. Not far from Jerash, so both can be done in a day.

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Sydney, Australia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
58 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The tenth century fortress lies just outside of Ajoun perched on a hill/small mountain with commanding views for many kilometres all around, including the Jordan valley. It has been largely restored after a series of sackings and then earthquakes, although some work is still progressing on the uppermost sections. When buying tickets, take a look at the small room past... More

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Oranjestad, Aruba
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Only spent an hour or so here but it was quite interesting and a lot can be learnt about how people use to live. Climb to the top of the fort and you'll get a stunning view of the valley. If you have time and are into castles etc. there's always a willing guide who is normally very knowledgeable and... More

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