A Crusader Castle, located less than an hour north of Petra, this castle is INSIDER’s PETRA’s favorite castle. It is situated on a high hill in a panoramic, wild-looking landscape. It was built in 1115 by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem to guard the road from Damascus to Egypt. Saladin attacked it on several occasions, finally capturing it in 1189; and in 1260 it passed to the Mamluks. A fascinating remain here is the ancient well-shaft cut deeply into the rock, with 375 steps leading down to the water supply at the bottom. Ancient cannon balls can also be seen here, inside the castle. It is not as well restored as many of the other castles, therefore in our opinion it feels more authentic. INSIDER’S PETRA tries to include it on most comprehensive itineraries of Jordan.
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