Ajloun is about 45 miles north of Amman, located in a green area, full of pine forests and olives groves. This location has the ‘Castle of Ajloun’ (Qalaat Errabadh, Arabic for ‘Hilltop Castle’) and is another of INSIDER’S PETRA favorite sites. The fortress was actually built by Muslims in 1184-85 as a military fort to protect the area from the Crusader invasion. Some of the stones with which the castle was built have crosses carved into them. Tradition maintains that an ancient monastery was built later on the site, with the castle taking its name from the monk, ‘Ajloun’. The castle is excellently preserved and from the top ramparts there is a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills.