Khirbat Abū Ḩadīd

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  • Day2

    Ajloun(Ajlun) Castle

    October 6, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Early morning pickup, and first up was to Ajloun Castle, about an hour and a half out of Amman.

    One of the monument artifice models of the Ayyubid military architecture. Ajloun Castle is located at Jabal Awf about 1123m above sea level and was built by Prince Izzeddin Usemah 1184 AD under the reign of Sultan Salah al-Din al Ayyubl. The purpose for this castle was to secure and protect the communication routes against the Frankish inroads from southern Levant. The castle also served as a supplies center provisioning military supplies, and as a location for pigeon post.Read more

  • Day2

    Ajloun(Ajlun) Castle

    October 6, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Ajloun Castle was first composed from four towers and a trench, and later in 1214 AD was made larger under the Sultan Saif AL-Din Al Ayyubl, and his son ruler of Damascus al-Muanam Sharaf al-Din Eissa. The renovation continued under supervision of Prince Aybak bin Abdullah and under reign of salah al-Din Yusuf Ibn Al-Aziz ruler of Damascus and Aleppo ( 1250-1259) Ajloun Castle In 1260 AD was partially demolished by the Tatar, until rebuilt by the Sultan al-Zahir Baybars under surpervlslon of Prince Izzeddin Aybak Al-Alai. During the Mamluk Age, Ajloun Castle was made the central house of Ajloun Deputyship. Under the Ottomans, Ajloun Castle was used as a military garrison by the state and some local lords in the district. The castle was partially damaged due to earthquakes which took place in 1837 and 1927.Read more

  • Day2


    December 25, 2016 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    C'est sous la pluie que nous commençons notre voyage en Jordanie. Nous quittons Amman pour Aljun, cité en hauteur où est bâtie une forteresse qui fût fort utile aux arabes pour se défendre contre les croisés. Du haut de la forteresse, entre deux nappes de brouillard nous apercevons la vallée du Jourdain. Par temps clair, il paraît que l'on peut voir jusqu'au lac de Tibériade. Merci aux cours de cathé qui nous ont rendu incollable sur la géographie du coin.Read more

  • Day3

    Ajlun Castle

    November 19, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After the long visit of Jerash, we drive towards our next destination: the fortress of Ajlun, the only Islamic castle in Jordan (Muslims were usually building either palaces or mosques) and one of the most popular destination for locals.

    We are still 20 minutes away but we can already clearly see the fortress on the top of a hill not too far away. Abdullah explains us that it was built in the 12th century by the Saladin during the Crusades. The castle was easy to defend: it's on the top of a mountain and has only one gate.
    This area is populated both by Christians and Muslims.

    After driving by the oldest mosque in the region, we finally reach the castle: the view from the defensive walls is amazing and also inside the fortress beats our expectations. I walk with Colin up to one of the defensive towers, a natural lookout point on the surrounding valley.

    On the way back to the bus we have the unlucky idea of stopping by a local toilet, but we get somehow repayed by a glass of mint tea made by an elderly man along the road. 🍵

    It's now time to go back to Amman!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Khirbat Abū Ḩadīd, Khirbat Abu Hadid