Mysterious tunnels under Templar castle


Kerak is the crusader castle in modern day Jordan from which the notoriously cruel crusader Raynald of Chatillon used to throw people off the battlements. A great limestone hulk built on a ridge and protected by steep valleys, it’s riddled with tunnels underneath. The foundations were crusader and as I wandered through these passageways, I was left wondering what on earth these Christian warriors were up to.

They did have plenty to worry about. Saladin besieged it several times though as my photos show, it would have been almost impossible to storm. The drop from the walls is truly vertiginous. But in 1188, the castle was taken and never returned to crusader hands.

After it was captured by the Muslims, it became a great Mamluk fortress and they made some impressive additions.  However the bulk of this great structure was made by crusader and Templar hands and is well worth a visit.

 

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