Worldly Vistas: Ajloun Castle

Ajloun Castle, JordanAjloun Castle
Photographed in Jordan

This stairway is inside the 12th century Muslim castle located in northwestern Jordan. Although parts of the castle were destroyed by the Mongols in 1260 AD, parts were restored and used as a storehouse for crops and provisions. Over the centuries, various small groups —both military and not—used the castle for various reasons. As late as 1812, a Swiss traveller found it inhabited by about 40 people.

Ajloun dealt with more than just man-made assaults. Two major earthquakes struck it in 1837 and in 1927. It is currently undergoing a restoration and consolidation project.

It’s a great glimpse into the past!

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Worldly Vistas: The Citadel

Citadel, Amman Jordan

Amman Citadel

Photographed in Jordan

Known as  Jabal al-Qal’a in Arabic, the historical site is in downtown Amman on an L-shaped hill on one of the seven mountains that made up the original city of Amman. That said, this amazing ancient site dates back to the Bronze Age (1650 – 1550 BC), and  is considered to be among the world’s oldest continuously inhabited places. Now a musuem, it’s antiquities are well protected and a worthwhile site to see.

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