Ajloun Castle (قلعة عجلون‎) Qalʻat ‘Ajloun, is a 12th-century Muslim castle situated in northwestern Jordan. It is placed on a hilltop belonging to the Mount Ajloun district, also known as Jabal ‘Auf after a Bedouin tribe which had captured the area in the 12th century. From its high ground the castle was guarding three wadis which descend towards the Jordan Valley. It was built by the Ayyubids in the 12th century and enlarged by the Mamluks in the 13th. The name ‘Ajlun goes back to a Christian monk who lived on this mountain in the Byzantine period. The castle stands on the ruins of a monastery, traces of which were discovered during archaeological excavations.


Ajloun Castle sits atop a high hill near the town of Ajloun in northern Jordan.

Ajloun Castle sits atop a high hill near the town of Ajloun in northern Jordan.


Once the Crusaders arrived in the Middle East and started building castles, the Arabs responded, and started building their own. The castle at Ajloun is a 12th century Arab castle known as Qalaat al Rabad, which was an important Arab castle in the battle against the Crusaders.

Once the Crusaders arrived in the Middle East and started building castles, the Arabs responded, and started building their own. The castle at Ajloun is a 12th century Arab castle known as Qalaat al Rabad, which was an important Arab castle in the battle against the Crusaders.


















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