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“Strategic strongpoint” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ajloun Fort

Ajloun Fort
Ajloun National Park, Jerash, Jordan
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Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Jerash
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Sydney, Australia
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“Strategic strongpoint”
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.

Visited June 2014
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“Well restored fortress with commanding views”
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 the ticket office that gives an adequate snapshot of the history of the castle-you probably don't need a guide as it's fairly straightforward to understand how the castle worked.
Well worth a visit on the way to Jerash and Umm Qais

Visited June 2014
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Oranjestad, Aruba
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“Ajloun”
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 can take you for a fare price. But for me, an hour or so is enough!

Visited March 2014
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“Ho hum”
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 up to the castle. There is a small car park there.

Visited May 2014
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“WOW”
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 excudes history.

Visited July 2013
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