A Crusader Castle – Jordan is home to several fine ‘crusader-era castles’, dating back to the Middle Ages (1100-1200’s). Kerak, built in 1142 by Payen le Bouteiller (lord of Montreal) it is one of the largest and most imposing crusader castles in the region. It is also considered to be the best-restored and most well-known castles in Jordan. Built on the remains of earlier citadels dating back to Nabatean times, it is a mixture of Byzantine, European and Arab architectural designs. The lower court of the castle contains the Karak Archeological Museum. The town of Kerak is still largely Christian, with many of the current families tracing their lineage back to Byzantine times. INSIDER’S PETRA can arrange special private meals inside the castle; a very unique experience.