Ajloun Castle is a 12th century Islamic castle located to the north of Amman in Jordan. It is perched on top of Jabal ‘Auf and guards three surrounding wadis, or valleys which descend to the Jordan Valley. The castle was built by Saladin’s nephew, ‘Izz ad Din Usama bin Munqidh, and was built as a countpoint to the Crusaders’ castle at Belvoir in Israel.
Ajloun Castle featured a 15m moat, seven towers and its tower was home to pigeons who could fly messages to Damascus.
The castle was largely destroyed by the invasion of the Mongols in 1260, and a visit makes for an interesting combination with visiting Jerash from Amman.