Karak

Karak

Whether you approach Karak from the ancient Kings Highway to the east or from the Dead Sea to the west, the striking silhouette of this fortified town explains why the fates of Kingdoms were decided here for millennia.

The town is built on a triangular plateau, with the castle at its narrow southern tip. The castle is some 220m long, 125m wide at the north end and 40m wide at the south end, where a narrow valley deepened by a ditch separates it from the adjoining and much higher hill – once Saladin's favourite artillery position. Throughout the castle, dark and roughly-shaped Crusader masonry is easy to discern from the finely-crafted blocks of lighter and softer limestone used in later Arab work.

A great way to explore Karak Castle is through its sight and sound event. The Castle and its towers are lit by 50 post lights that are accompanied by a documentary film on the history of Karak and the major events that that took place since 800 BC.

The film also displays the invasion of Karak by many civilization including Greek, Nabatean, Byzantine Crusaders and finally by the Ottoman rule in the 19th century.

It also sheds light on the city of Karak with its new development and how Karak is a great example for coexisting between Muslims and Christians.