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Built atop the ruins of a monastery between 1184 and 1188, Ajloun Castle (Qala’At Ar-Rabad in Arabic) sits on Jabal Auf hill overlooking the countryside in the north of Jordan. Arab general Azz ad-Din Usama, Saladin’s nephew, oversaw its construction in part to protect the region from Crusader expansion and to safeguard iron mines in the nearby hills. The fort was enlarged in 1214 but largely destroyed by Mongols in 1260. It was rebuilt almost immediately, and while earthquakes have twice caused significant damage, ongoing restorations have kept the castle in much the same condition as it stood in the 13th century.

During the Crusades, the hilltop fort was one in a series of beacon and pigeon posts that allowed messages to be transmitted from Damascus to Cairo in a single day. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the fort served as a garrison for Ottoman troops, and in 1812, when it was “discovered” by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, the vasy castle was occupied by a single, 40-member family.

Today Ajloun Castle houses a small museum with artifacts from its long history. Visitors can climb to the top of several towers for sweeping views of the Jordan Valley all the way to the Dead Sea.

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FROM AMMAN | UMM Qais, Jerash & Ajloun | Half Day Tour

FROM AMMAN | UMM Qais, Jerash & Ajloun | Half Day Tour

This tour is made for travelers willing to visit the sites of Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Qais from Amman Driven by a private vehicle explore northern Jordan’s historical highlights, Discover the Greco-Roman ruins at Jerash, seeing its Oval Colonnade, temples, and more; and delve into 12th-century Ajloun Castle, built by Saladin’s forces. Finally, explore the remains of Umm Qais, another Greco-Roman city before you head back to your hotel in Amman
  • 8 to 9 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures


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Should I book Ajloun Castle tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ajloun Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 49 Ajloun Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Ajloun Castle 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Ajloun Castle costs USD 1012.98. Guided Ajloun Castle tours start around USD 1012.98 per person. See all 49 Ajloun Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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