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Address: Karak, Jordan
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Private Full-Day Crusader Castles of Shobak and Karak Trip via the Kings...
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Transfer From Amman City or Airport to Petra with Optional Tour

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We stopped here on the drive to Petra. It's not easy to navigate Karak as the streets (a lot of them one way) are very narrow and lots of people just walk out in front of cars... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 27, 2017
Jennifer F
Kansas City, Missouri
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Chennai (Madras), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love history and I was very excited about this place. We went there on our way back to Amman. The castle is pretty impressive and there are some renovation works going on. However, little information is given and the maintenance is really bad (papers and plastics everywhere, castle chambers dirty and with garbage...). Since it is low season now,... More 

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adams, NE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017

We spent three-four hours exploring Karak Castle. It was a very interesting place. There were no guides, nor any staff at all that we could see. We paid our ticket outside and then entered the castle area and explored to our heart's content. It was such fun! There are uneven stairs and nooks and crannies and passageways to be explored.... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017

We visited this Crusader Castle on a cold rainy day in January. It was very dark in the tunnels, and running with rainwater. The Crusaders were sadistically cruel to prisoners. I felt ashamed and disgusted. They shouldn't have been there in the first place.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2017

We stopped here on the drive to Petra. It's not easy to navigate Karak as the streets (a lot of them one way) are very narrow and lots of people just walk out in front of cars. We finally figured out how to get to the castle and an older gentleman showed us where to park. He had a sign... More 

Thank Jennifer F
Salmiyah, Kuwait
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

On the winding road trip to Petra, we stopped off at the castle of Kerak. It is a castle/fortress built high on a hill with outstanding views of the surrounding mountains. It reminded us of the fortress city of Perpignan in the South of France, and was built for similar purposes, housing and protecting the ruling families during the Ottoman... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

This was a great crusader castle which was built in 1144AD. Now we these additions from the Mamluk empire. There are some very impressive alleyways in these castle. This was the headquarters of the militant knight Reynald of Chatillan whom Yusuf bin Ayyub beheaded him personally after the battle of Hattin. This is included part of the Jordan pass.

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Pretty awesome place to stop. The drive from Dead Sea to here and on to Petra is the real treat. We enjoyed this visit and the town. All the books are accurate - the streets are narrow and a guide will walk with you for a tip. It was worth it though and these people are supported by tourism. We... More 

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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

This is a massive fortress and you could get lost in it. It is not in good condition and could do with some archeological repairs. It is obvious that large sections still need to be excavated. Looking down the parapets over the surrounding area, you get an understanding of the strategic importance of this fortification. How Saladin conquered it in... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We were driving from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea area and, according to the travel book and Google maps, it looked pretty easy to find Karak Castle. Not!! Our GPS updated for the Middle East couldn't find it, no one in the many villages we went through knew where it was, didn't see any signs, ... etc. Totally frustrating!... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We stopped here on our way from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea and it broke up the journey nicely. Even though the town is nice and the castle views are good I would not recommend making an extra detour here.

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