The walled town of Karak, sometimes
called Kerak, lies midway between Amman and Petra, and is on the picturesque
King's Highway. It is some 900 metres above sea level and the views are
The main feature of Karak is the castle, the main part of which is built
right on the edge of the rocky escarpment and has a commanding view to
the west. It is easy for the visitor to Jordan to see the strategic value of this site.
Built by the Crusader Baldwin 1 of Jerusalem in 1142 as part of a chain
stretching from Aqaba to Turkey, Karak Castle was legendary in the battles
between the cruel Renauld de Chatillon and Saladin. Karak Castle features
heavily in the plot of the movie Kingdom of Heaven, though the
filming was done in North Africa and not at Karak itself.
The best parts of a visit to Karak Castle are the view and the restaurant.
There are various tunnels to explore, but much of the site has yet to
be fullly excavated.
The fortified town of Karak (Kerak) . . .
. . . and a close-up of the imposing castle
Coffee in the excellent restaurant
The amazing view shows that the castle was well