12th-century Shobak Castle

Built in 1115 by Crusaders under the French king of Jerusalem, Baudouin I to protect the routes from Egypt to Damascus. Originally called Montreal (Mount Royal), its sits atop a hill surrounded by a wild and rather barren landscape.  Less restored than the other castles, it has a more adventurous, Indiana Jones kind of vibe, with many secret passages and a hidden spring which can only be reached by venturing down 375 steep and rather slippery steps. Sturdy walking shoes and a good torch are a must, but it’s worth the effort for a very special adventure of discovery.

Read more about other Jordanian treasures in our post
Beyond Petra: 5 Dramatic Desert Treasures of Jordan.



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