Kerak Castle, Dead Sea Region

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Visit Kerak Castle, built by the crusaders, and later occupied by Arab rulers and the Ottoman Empire. The castle was completed in 1161, becoming the seat of the lord of Transjordan, until it was captured and ransacked by Saladin. Explore the vast castle walls and the stone chambers, by yourself or with a local guide who can point out interesting spots and historical facts. Enjoy the expansive views of the town below, and pay a visit to the archaeological museum within the castle. Add Kerak Castle to your Dead Sea Region travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Dead Sea Region travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 3, 2017
    It is no big deal, there's almost nothing standing, you can do without seeing it. I thought that I would be best preserved
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  • July 18, 2017
    Located on the route between the dead sea and Petra, is a fortress which have passed different cultures and all have left their mark. Good views.
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  • June 10, 2017
    As an avid follower if crusader history, i was excited to visit the site. Firstly the main area of the castle. The clearly labelled path ways and signage explain what, how and when each area was suppo...  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    Poorly maintained, hard to find, and very wheelchair inaccessible. You need to use a lot of imagination to feel the crusader or Ottoman vibes. The castle is very big and the tunnels are pretty cool. Not much else going on here...
  • June 15, 2017
    Place is amazing , historical, and a must to see. However, be careful if you have kids with you or old people, pay attention to stairs. More safety metrics need to be implemented.
  • March 13, 2017
    A fortress that feels like if you were walking into a medieval movie. It has been reconstructed and even has some modern style touches. The museum seems to always be closed and no explanation is given. Still the visit is very much worthy.
  • July 18, 2017
    Large and impressive. Not very well curated our presented.
  • June 14, 2017
    A real standout in Jordan. There's a low entrance fee and plenty to see at Kerak Castle. I'd allow for around two hours to see it all, and don't miss going down to the underground areas.

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You can choose from a number of hotels in the Dead Sea Region of Jordan, chiefly lining the lake coastline and the Dead Sea Highway. High-end resorts mostly concentrate in the northeastern part of the lakeside, offering on site spas and swimming pools, as well as a view of the Jerusalem skyline across the water. If you're looking to visit on the weekend or during the holidays, it's best to book ahead. Since budget-friendly accommodation is rare, a thrifty traveler might want to day trip from the capital, or stay in the nearby town of Madaba.
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