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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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New York City, New York
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192 reviews 192 reviews
51 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
64 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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51 helpful votes 51 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
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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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Richmond, Virginia
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171 attraction reviews
422 helpful votes 422 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I think I would skip this one. As far as castles, Karak is way better. Everybody seems to mention how good the views are and well, they didn't impress me much. Only come here if it is on the way to something else. One thing about tickets. You buy them at the bottom of the hill and then you drive... More

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Switzerland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

If you have the chance, go there! It's been unforgettable - sorry the date says July 2013, but it was earlier than that - this is the place where in mediaeval times numerous European greats went to study medicine!! and alchemy. It's very very impressive, a crusaders fortress built partially with Egyptian columns in the walls. Truly a place that... More

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