Enjoy the best panoramic views of the Jordan Valley.

Ajlun Castle (Qal’at Ar-Rabad) was built by one of Saladin’s generals in 1184 AD to control the iron mines of Ajlun, and to deter the Franks from invading Ajlun.

The marvels of nature and the genius of medieval Arab military architecture have given northern Jordan two of the most important ecological and historical attractions in the Middle East: the sprawling pine forests of the Ajlun-Dibbine area, and the towering Ayyubid castle at Ajlun, which helped to defeat the Crusaders eight centuries ago.

Ajlun Castle (Qal’at Ar-Rabad) was built by one of Saladin’s generals in 1184 AD to control the iron mines of Ajlun, and to deter the Franks from invading Ajlun. Ajlun 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.

The original castle had four towers, arrow slits incorporated into the thick walls, and was surrounded by a moat averaging 16m in width and up to 15m deep.
In 1215 AD, the Mameluk officer Aibak ibn Abdullah expanded the castle following Usama’s death, by adding a new tower in the southeast corner and a bridge that can still be seen decorated with pigeon reliefs.

The castle was conceded in the 13th century to Salah ed-Din Yousef Ibn Ayoub, ruler of Aleppo and Damascus, who restored the northeastern tower. These expansion efforts were interrupted in 1260 AD, when Mongol invaders destroyed the castle, but almost immediately, the Mameluk Sultan Baybars re-conquered and rebuilt the fortress.

Ten Salah ed-Din soldiers guard the castle every day of the week. They are placed at the castle’s four different gate levels. Two are on the roof where the yellow Mameluk is flying. Siege ladders leaning against the wall add to the war-like atmosphere.

Ajlun is just a short journey from Jerash through pine forest and olive groves and boasts scores of ancient sites, including watermills, forts and villages, all in the beautiful hills and valleys of northern Jordan.

If you have binoculars, bring them with you to Jordan. You will be able to appreciate not only the varied wildlife in the nature reserves but also the fantastic views from places such as Ajlun.

Tel Mar Elias

The home of Elijah

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Tel Mar Elias

One of the five sites officially recognized by the Vatican and all Christian denominations in the world since the turn of the third millennium. Tel Mar Elias is very close to the ruins of a village known as Listib. It is believed that this place was formerly Tishbe, the home of Elijah, a native of Gilead in Transjordan. Visit & Explore Tel Mar Elias

Lady of the Mount

Lord Jesus, Blessed Mary, and some of his disciples stayed , during one of Jesus’ trips to Galilee.

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Lady of the Mount

The ancient town of Anjara is located in the hills of Gilead, east of the Jordan Valley. The Bible makes mention of this town as a place where Jesus, his mother Mary and his disciples passed through and rested in a nearby cave. Visit & Explore Lady of the Mount

Wadi al-Yabis

This wadi is widely believed to be the biblical Brook Cherith of 1 Kings 17:2-7.

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Wadi al-Yabis “Wadi al-Rayan”

Also called Wadi al-Rayan, is located to the north of Ajloun – Jordan and to the south west of the city of Irbid in northern Jordan. It is a valley with abundant water and is distinguished by its different terrain, from mountains to plains, bottoms and valleys, and the spread of water springs in this valley is a prominent and distinctive feature of it. Visit & Explore Wadi al-Yabis