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. Arrange to visit Kerak Castle and other attractions in Dead Sea Region using our Dead Sea Region holiday maker website .
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  • This crusader fortress is really impressive from the valley and is well worth seeing close up with tunnels and plenty to explore.  more »
  • This castle has a past beautiful and it deserves that the Jordanian State dedicates funds rather than leave it to abandonment. The descent into what I call the cellars might be interesting if it was safe. The view is outstanding.
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  • Biggie, apart from the request to pay for the use of the bathroom which always makes me cringe, the site has no explanatory signs promised by Lonely (Edition almost obsolete, in October 2017 is expected to come out the new one). A pile of rubble that they don't deserve the detour.
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  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Large and impressive. Not very well curated our presented.
  • 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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Where to stay in Dead Sea Region

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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