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“Ajloun - fortress”
Review of Ajloun Fort

Ajloun Fort
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Half Day Tour of Jerash and Ajloun
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Jerash
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Olive trees litter the sides and construction as well as restoration continues at this fort built by a nephew of Saladin. Saladin's story though is the one that's told here.
As an architectural interest, you are told how hot oil or tar was poured through a rectangular opening right above the main entrance.
It's light even though all the window openings narrow into slits for better arrow showers at enemy troups.
There is a small museum inside with coins and other small items of interest but truth is outside is a great view of the town with a great cup of Turkish coffee - something Jordanians seem addicted to only this coffee is flavored with cardamom, and also makes a great break along with cigarettes - the other great addiction.
This is a lovely castle and once it's fully restored - if possible, it will be quite lovely.

Thank Mayura
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Ajloun Castle is unusually well preserved and much of it has also been well restored. As well as a small museum the castle contains many rooms to explore. Looking out over the surrounding terrain it is easy to imagine soldiers shooting arrows at Crusaders through the arrow slits and dodging back into the safety of the castle. There are large piles of ballista stones which were either ready to be fired or have been collected from various sieges. The military might of the castle must have been very great at various times in history. Once you cross the drawbridge into the keep it is impossible not to imagine what it must have been like to live in such a place and trying to work out what all the various rooms, passageways and chambers might have been used for and by whom. The views out over the countryside around Ajloun are quite breath taking. There is ample parking space on the approach to the castle and the entrance price is very little and free on Fridays. Pull off the road into the forest for a picnic on the way back to Amman

Thank John B
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

A fantastic site and the stunning views you get from the top just add to the experience. Having a local guide to take you round is key as they provide you with all the history, stories and local knowledge which makes the visit even more of an experience.

Thank TOD18
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Aljoun, or Aljun, is a town 76 KMs north west of Amman, not far from Jerash, and most tourists will combine the two historical sites on the same day. The castle is in very good condition, and the entry fee of 1 dinar (about 87 British pence) belies the value of visiting and exploring the site. Built by a nephew of Saladin in 1184, the castle is located atop a high hill overlooking the town and olive groves below. From the top of the castle one has a magnificent 360 degree panoramic view of the entire area. Exploring the interior may take about 30 minutes, but it is a fascinating half hour wandering along narrow corridors and up and down steep steps, into vast chambers and halls. There are tourist shops and cafes outside the castle, and a tourist centre nearby, with the usual facilities.

Thank sarumanthewhite
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

This truly amazing castle near the city of Jerash is well worth a visit, either just for the spectacle of its might and former glory, and the history it brings to life, or failing that, for the stunning view from the top of one of the towers.
Afterwards there are beautiful walks around the base in olive groves.
The history is very compolex, but there is one bizarre outcome - in this now Muslim built, owned and run castle one of the towers contains a cross, presumably as a reminder of the days of the Crusades.

Thank bobbycow
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