Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Crusader Castle Shoubak

Jordan is chock full of historical remnants from many ages. This crusader castle, Castle Shoubak, located outside of Petra, was built in the early 1100s. Located on a strategic hill on the caravan route from Syria to Arabia, it gave the crusaders control of trade. It was captured several times and also renovated in various styles over time

I arrived early and there was essentially nobody there, so I could walk around the castle freely. The interior of the castle is in partial ruins. Only corridors, archways, stairs, and some rooms are still intact. It is really quite an impressive mess of stone blocks that gives a grandiose impression of its former self. The location also gives it a fantastic 360 degree view of the surrounding valleys.

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