Castle built by Saladin – a picture gallery

I have just returned from a ten day visit to Jordan ā€“ a country with an amazing history sandwiched between Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Over the next few blog posts, Iā€™m going to share the incredible places I visited.

Here is Ajlun castle built in 1184 by a nephew of Saladin to see of the crusaders and protect local iron mines from the crusaders. A jewel in Ayyubid history – that’s the dynasty founded by Saladin. As you know, Saladin would go on to retake Jerusalem from the crusaders and put many Templar knights to the sword.

One special plea to the Jordanian authorities – please remove the rubbish piling up near the castle. It’s such a beautiful monument and I’m sure those large bins can be put elsewhere! Don’t let that put you off a visit.

Ajlun castle

Looking out over the countryside

Ajlun castle

On top of the fort

Ajlun castle

Boiling oil was poured down here on to invaders

An atmospheric stairway

An atmospheric stairway

The main entrance

The main entrance

The imposing walls

The imposing walls

Please get rid of that rubbish!!

Please get rid of that rubbish!!

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