Saladin showing off. (March 2012)

On the road trip from Amman to Petra we encountered another castle at Ash-Shawbak. There are at least 5 spelling variations of this name.

This one was built high on a mountain by the Crusaders.

There are so many tunnels, stairways and hidden rooms that it’s easy to get lost.

It was only 75 years before the castle fell to the armies of Saladin. He boasts this fact with an Arabic inscription carved in relief above the entrance.

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