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Ajlun, a city in Northern Jordan, is famous for its castle. The archaeological site is popular for tourists.

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Buses (or service taxis) from Amman leave from Tabarbour (Mahata Shamal) aka Northern Bus Station to Ajlun (Ajloun) whenever they are full. Your best bet is early in the morning, around 8 am, preferably not on a Friday when only service taxis (2.5-3JD - 2016) will be available. Buses become more infrequent as the day progresses. If you cannot find a direct bus to Ajloun, you can try to go to Jerash and from there take the bus to Ajloun. Renting a car from Amman for a day trip to Jerash and Ajloun from Amman will set you back JOD 60.

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Ajloun is not a very big town. The bus will drop you off in the center and in order to get to the castle, which is clearly visible from the town perched on a hill, you can either walk the 2-3 km or take a taxi there. If you plan to travel to Jerash afterward, consider hiring the taxi driver for the full day, but make sure you set a price in advance.

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  • Ajlun Castle (also Ajloun Castle or Rabadh Castle), an Islamic fortress, built during the period of the Crusades. The castle is located on the top of a mountain just outside the town of Ajlun. The castle is an interesting maze of passages and levels, and offers a wonderful view of the surrounding area, northwestern Jordan, and off into Galilee.

The castle was built in 1184-1885 AD and was one of the few fortresses built to protect the country against Crusader attacks from both the west and the north. It also controlled the area around it, including another of its major objectives, to control the iron mines in the area. The castle is one of the best preserved and most complete examples of medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture.

Ajloun Castle dominated the three main routes leading to the Jordan valley and protected the trade and commercial routes between Jordan and Syria. It became an important link in the defensive chain against the Crusaders who unsuccessfully spent decades trying to capture the castle and the nearby village.

From the top of the castle, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Jordan Valley and the highlands of north Jordan. Excavations have recently identified a church that was built on the castle site in the earlier Byzantine period, while restoration and conservation works have made all areas of the castle accessible and safe for visitors.

The cost to access the castle is 3 JD.

  • Mar Elias, the site of two very old churches and the reputed area where the prophet Elijah was born.
  • Ajlun Nature Reserve, a thirteen square kilometer protected forest run by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. The reserve features multiple hiking trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.

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You can stay at the Ajloun Reserve. Prices start from JOD 70 for a double. The lodge is run by the national park. Accomodation can be booked at here.

They have:

  • Ajloun Cabins
  • Azraq Lodge
  • Mujib Chalets
  • Feynan Ecolodge

There are also two hotels in Ajloun from JOD 25 for a double.

  • Ajloun Hotel, Ajloun, +962 2 642 0524, [1].  edit
  • Al Jabal Castle Hotel, Ajloun, +962 2 642 0202, [2].  edit


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