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Shobak Castle

Petra - Wadi Musa 71810, Jordan
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Perched in a wild, remote landscape, Shobak Castle wins over even the most castle-weary, despite being less complete than its sister fortification at Karak. Formerly called Mons Realis (the Royal Mountain), it was built by the Crusader king Baldwin I in AD 1115. Restoration work is ongoing and hopefully this will include some explanatory signs. In the meantime, the caretaker shows visitors around for about JD10. Bring a torch for exploring the castle’s many dark corners. Built on a small knoll at the edge of a plateau, Shobak Castle is especially imposing when seen from a distance. It withstood numerous attacks from the armies of Saladin before succumbing in 1189 (a year after Karak), after an 18-month siege. It was later occupied in the 14th century by the Mamluks, who built over many of the Crusader buildings. As you climb up from the entrance, there are some wells on the left. Soon after passing these, you’ll see the reconstructed church, one of two in the castle, down to the left. It has an elegant apse supported by two smaller alcoves. The room leading off to the west was the baptistery; on the north wall there are traces of water channels leading from above. Returning to the main path, turn left. After passing under the arches, a door leads into the extensive market. Turn left and descend 375 steps into an amazing secret passageway that leads to a subterranean spring, finally surfacing via a ladder outside the castle, beside the road to Shobak town. Tread carefully, use a torch and don’t even think about coming down here if you’re claustrophobic. Alternatively, continue past the tunnel for 50m and you’ll pass a large two-storey building with archways, built by the Crusaders but adapted by the Mamluks as a school. At the northern end of the castle is the semicircular keep with four arrow slits. Outside, dark steps lead down to the prison. Head to the northeast corner of the castle to see Quranic inscriptions, possibly dating from the time of Saladin, carved in Kufic script around the outside
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Petra - Wadi Musa 71810, Jordan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the place and I recommend for everyone to go to visit I will recommend it nice view as well not far from Petra

Thank mănąf À
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a great castle to visit, the ruins are in different conditions but they tell you how it looked in its days of glory, and I assume, this place was really impressive

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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

The drive up to the castle is realy amazing. When we arrived there was a guy who offered to guide us but we decided not to. We wondered the site by ourselves and it was realy beautiful. But the most impressive thing was when we...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

If you around Petra, Shobak Castle definitely worth a stop. The castle located on a small hill and has an intimidating first impression, especially if you imagine that you are the one who need to take that fort...

Thank Adam K
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

This visit was okay. I chose to go on my own. On reflection, it may have been better to have a guide. Most guided tours are 30-45 minutes. Nice views and some of the castle intact, with many tunnels.

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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

We drove from kerak to shobak. This is a much smaller castle. But nonetheless amazing views. We parked at a lot across the castle which has a bazaar and restrooms. The person who manages the place was a school teacher for 28 years and lives...More

1  Thank Arch L
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

You are left to wander the site and interpret it yourself. large site which appeared largely undisturbed by tourists.

Thank cw8co
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

I like it when I visit because it was in my way to the hotel and the view from there very nice and the people working there the are good and helpful

Thank baha f
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

For about JD15 you can get a professional guide by the gate - a historian who took part of the excavation of the castle - explains every nook and cranny. A must for everyone who’s interested in the crusaders.

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Wow you can definitely see a long ways from this castle, and that of course is why it was built where it was. It is not handicapped accessible and if you are in a tour with a big bus, you will have to walk from...More

1  Thank WSCTraveler
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15des1976
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Response from mitchian | Reviewed this property |
The Castle will take a day to get to. Jordan is a great place and may places to see. If you are on an organised tour stick with their itinerary if yo are free and in the Petra area visit the castle.
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Response from VivaMexicoLiz | Reviewed this property |
We arranged our visit through the Herz agency at our hotel. They provided a driver, so I didn't pay much attention to the signage but it seemed very clear. The road is quite good and there is plenty of parking. Definitely... More
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