5 – 7 hours
Your full-day tour begins at 9am when your guide picks you up from your Hotel. Admire the amazingcliffs and gorges cutting through the landscape before reaching Kerakand its fortress, built between1110 and 1143 B.C. during the Crusades. Kerak City is set on a triangular plateau which rises 900 metersabove sea level, surrounded by ancient walls forming the old city. Its castle, which forms the SouthSummit of the city, was built by the Crusaders after they took the city in the twelfth century A.D. Kerakcity reached its historical peak during the Crusaders period when it was named the Desert Jewel. Prior tooccupation by the Crusaders, Kerak Castle was a station for the Archbishop and it held the NazarethChurch. The castle came under Muslim rule in the year of 1187 A.D. when Saladin sieged Kerak Castle;however, it did not surrender until 1189 A.D. Shortly after the Crusaders were expelled and Kerak cameunder the Mamluks and Ottomans period. The castle was abandoned after the First World War and isnow considered a very important cultural site and ruins that should not be missed.
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