'Historical Remains': Ancient Castles of Jordan

Published July 30th, 2018 - 09:52 GMT

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Written by Sally Shakkour

Jordan has several archaeological places that reflect old, and important events which took place in the region. Every place also refers to a certain period of time, and different civilization, such as Roman, Ottoman Empire and Ammonites.

The Jordanian goverment has reconstructed many of these castles. Here are a couple of the most famous.

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Ajloun castle is located in northern Jordan. It was built in the 12th century, and it was renovated as a fort in 1184 by Izz al-Din Usama, a general in the army of Saladin. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
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Image 1 of 9:  1 / 9Ajloun castle is located in northern Jordan. It was built in the 12th century, and it was renovated as a fort in 1184 by Izz al-Din Usama, a general in the army of Saladin. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Qasr Al Kharanah in present-day eastern Jordan, about 60km east of Amman and relatively close to the border with Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
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Image 2 of 9:  2 / 9Qasr Al Kharanah in present-day eastern Jordan, about 60km east of Amman and relatively close to the border with Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Kerak Castle is one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant. Construction of the castle began in the 1140s, under Pagan and Fulk, King of Jerusalem. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
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Image 3 of 9:  3 / 9Kerak Castle is one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant. Construction of the castle began in the 1140s, under Pagan and Fulk, King of Jerusalem. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Shoubak castle is a Crusader castle in present-day Shoubak, Jordan. It is known as Shawbak castle. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
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Image 4 of 9:  4 / 9Shoubak castle is a Crusader castle in present-day Shoubak, Jordan. It is known as Shawbak castle. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Qasr al-Azraq is one of the Desert castles in the east of today's Jordan. The Romans were the first to make military use of the site, and later an early mosque was built in the middle. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
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Image 5 of 9:  5 / 9Qasr al-Azraq is one of the Desert castles in the east of today's Jordan. The Romans were the first to make military use of the site, and later an early mosque was built in the middle. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Aqaba Castle, Mamluk Castle or Aqaba Fort was originally built by Crusaders in the 12th century, and named Helim. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
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Image 6 of 9:  6 / 9Aqaba Castle, Mamluk Castle or Aqaba Fort was originally built by Crusaders in the 12th century, and named Helim. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Vaux Moise, The Valley of Moses, is a small crusader castle close to Wadi Musa in Jordan. It was founded by Baldwin I of Jerusalem as an outpost of the larger crusader castle at Montreal. (archiqoo.com)
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Image 7 of 9:  7 / 9Vaux Moise, The Valley of Moses, is a small crusader castle close to Wadi Musa in Jordan. It was founded by Baldwin I of Jerusalem as an outpost of the larger crusader castle at Montreal. (archiqoo.com)

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Qasr Al Hallabat desert castle, Jordan. It is originally a Roman fortress constructed under Emperor Caracalla to protect its inhabitants from Bedouin tribes, this site dates to the second and third century AD
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Image 8 of 9:  8 / 9Qasr Al Hallabat desert castle, Jordan. It is originally a Roman fortress constructed under Emperor Caracalla to protect its inhabitants from Bedouin tribes, this site dates to the second and third century AD

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The amazing, beautiful ancient Roman arch ruins at Qasr Al-Mshatta Umayyad, in Jordan. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
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Image 9 of 9:  9 / 9The amazing, beautiful ancient Roman arch ruins at Qasr Al-Mshatta Umayyad, in Jordan. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Ajloun castle is located in northern Jordan. It was built in the 12th century, and it was renovated as a fort in 1184 by Izz al-Din Usama, a general in the army of Saladin. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

Image 1 of 9Ajloun castle is located in northern Jordan. It was built in the 12th century, and it was renovated as a fort in 1184 by Izz al-Din Usama, a general in the army of Saladin. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Qasr Al Kharanah in present-day eastern Jordan, about 60km east of Amman and relatively close to the border with Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

Image 2 of 9Qasr Al Kharanah in present-day eastern Jordan, about 60km east of Amman and relatively close to the border with Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Kerak Castle is one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant. Construction of the castle began in the 1140s, under Pagan and Fulk, King of Jerusalem. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

Image 3 of 9Kerak Castle is one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant. Construction of the castle began in the 1140s, under Pagan and Fulk, King of Jerusalem. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Shoubak castle is a Crusader castle in present-day Shoubak, Jordan. It is known as Shawbak castle. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

Image 4 of 9Shoubak castle is a Crusader castle in present-day Shoubak, Jordan. It is known as Shawbak castle. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Qasr al-Azraq is one of the Desert castles in the east of today's Jordan. The Romans were the first to make military use of the site, and later an early mosque was built in the middle. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

Image 5 of 9Qasr al-Azraq is one of the Desert castles in the east of today's Jordan. The Romans were the first to make military use of the site, and later an early mosque was built in the middle. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Aqaba Castle, Mamluk Castle or Aqaba Fort was originally built by Crusaders in the 12th century, and named Helim. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

Image 6 of 9Aqaba Castle, Mamluk Castle or Aqaba Fort was originally built by Crusaders in the 12th century, and named Helim. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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Vaux Moise, The Valley of Moses, is a small crusader castle close to Wadi Musa in Jordan. It was founded by Baldwin I of Jerusalem as an outpost of the larger crusader castle at Montreal. (archiqoo.com)

Image 7 of 9Vaux Moise, The Valley of Moses, is a small crusader castle close to Wadi Musa in Jordan. It was founded by Baldwin I of Jerusalem as an outpost of the larger crusader castle at Montreal. (archiqoo.com)

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Qasr Al Hallabat desert castle, Jordan. It is originally a Roman fortress constructed under Emperor Caracalla to protect its inhabitants from Bedouin tribes, this site dates to the second and third century AD

Image 8 of 9Qasr Al Hallabat desert castle, Jordan. It is originally a Roman fortress constructed under Emperor Caracalla to protect its inhabitants from Bedouin tribes, this site dates to the second and third century AD

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The amazing, beautiful ancient Roman arch ruins at Qasr Al-Mshatta Umayyad, in Jordan. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

Image 9 of 9The amazing, beautiful ancient Roman arch ruins at Qasr Al-Mshatta Umayyad, in Jordan. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

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