"Qalat Ajlun" `Ajlun Things to Do Tip by Cristian_Uluru

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  Ajlun Castle
by Cristian_Uluru

In the 1184 AD, 'Izz ad-Din Usama ibn Munqidh, a commander and nephew of Salah ad-Din al-'Ayyubi (Saladin), built a small fortress on the Jabal Beni. From its situation, the fortress dominated a wide stretch of the northern Jordan Valley, controlled three main passages to it: Wadi Kufranjah, Wadi Rajeb and Wadi al-Yabes. It also protected the communication routes between south Jordan and Syria. It was built to contain the progress of the Latin Kingdom in Trans-jordan and as a retort to the castle of Belvoir on the lake of Tiberias.

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  • Written Jul 24, 2005
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