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Kerak Castle, Dead Sea Region

(3.8/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful castle, beautiful view, but nothing more. At the top of the Hill, the site of bloody battles. Badly maintained.
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  • If you eh's on the road is highway on the King, then you can quietly stop and look at the castle for 2JD. It has a beautiful view over the countryside and the city, but the castle is not really spectacular. Some parts are quite well preserved, others more expire. There is at all no signs which would explain something, therefore you can actually not much more do, than to look at the stones. Definitely not a must-see in Jordan, especially if you looked at before other ruins themselves.
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  • This castle has a lot of history, it is built more like a fort. If you have time, go through as many entrances and take every stairway possible. We enjoyed just walking around and getting the feel for...  more »
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  • Try and get one of the elder tour gentlemen who roam the castle. The feeling of shock and AWE when the narrative and the crooked pathways makes it worthwhile
  • Big castle. Seems the town itself is the castle. However security guys ask for tip although I think they are already being paid by government.
  • Home of Mamluks and Crusaders, Baldwin and Selahaddin
  • Medieval crusader castle in great condition. A bit of a detour off the main highway, but we'll worth it. You'll be rewarded with stunning vistas and plenty of unhindered exploration of the castle grounds.
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