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Winter break, Jordan - Qalat Ar Rabad, Ajloun - 16 December 2007

Qalat Ar Rabad (Salah Ad Din's castle)
Qalat Ar Rabad
Liza, Aideit and Azzat at the drawbridge over a moat
Liza at the drawbridge
Tower and walls
At the entrance gateway
At the entrance gateway
Azzat in front of an arrowslit
Room for cross or barrel vaulting
A room in the castle
Azzat on the roof of the castle
The boys with barrels for vaulting at the enemy
View from the rooftop
View from the rooftop
View from the rooftop
Castle Qalat Ar Rabad, Ajloun was built by the nephew of Salah Ad Din Al Ayubbi (Saladin), one of the greatest Muslim military commanders, in 1184 AD. The castle is famous as a bastion for Salah Ad Din to protect trade routes between Jordan and Syria, deter the Franks from invading and, became the defensive chain against the Crusaders, who, unsuccessfully spend decades trying to capture the castle and the nearby village. From its height of 1,300 metres, the castle has a commanding view of the surrounding valley.

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