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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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  • We stopped here on our way to the dead sea. The castle is a ruin so you probably need a lot of imagination and being shown around helped. The gory history boosted its interest for me. I'm not advocati...  more »
  • Ideal step downhill from the dead sea's Petra beautiful castle, visit easy even without guide restaurant nearby, nice, not too crowded because of the situation in Syria
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  • This was an interesting attraction but if you are not in the area then it is not necessary to go our out your way to see it. I will add though that the views were very nice from the vantage point. 
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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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