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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

This is a very interesting example of crusader castle ruins. It reflects the enormity of the feat to build a stronghold on a mountain. How did the occupants get their water? The views are stunning and the history is interesting...but you have to read about...More

Thank a2z_travelerSeattle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes you have to slightly leave the highways, but I think its worth it. The castle is nice made up on a hill you have to first go up. Isnt that far by the way. We met some guests who didnt leave the visitorcenter because...More

1  Thank JanSmithSchneider
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the castle on our way to Petra. The castle is much in ruins. The views are beautiful. Driving to the castle was also very nice. If you have the time, is worth a visit due to the views and nice road-to castle.

Thank Jorge T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on the way to Petra. Interesting crusader castle. The guide is worth a small tip - JD5.

Thank Ausway
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Stopped off to visit Shobak Castle on the way from Amman, to Petra. It's pretty much on the way, so it's not difficult to get your taxi to stop on the way. It's an old Crusader Castle, built in the 1100's and whilst it's not...More

Thank Hueyoz
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Good castle to visit. Great views. Easy to find. Don't park in the visitor centre unless you want to walk up the hill. Keep driving up past the no entry barrier and park right outside the castle like everyone else does. I walked around by...More

1  Thank Miguel B
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Really not a whole lot to see. The drive up to it is more interesting than the castle itself. I can imagine it being more impressive in the winter with snowfall though.

Thank Suyash M
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

This is a must do visit. The castle is one of the most complete in the area and gives you a good impression of what it would have been like. There is quite a trek from the Visitors Centre but if you are arriving by...More

Thank Graham S
Reviewed 17 August 2017

it is a long drive and one can see the ruins of the castle. the view from the top is good. it is just ruins of the castle and caves.it is on a hill and you can get some good pictures.

Thank sudeep912
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Out of the 4 or 5 castles we visited, we liked this one the best. This is really just preference than anything else. Just connected to the landscape, how empty the site was, the staff and the general quietness of the area. There is also...More

1  Thank McG_Road_Warrior
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28 August 2017|
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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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20 November 2015|
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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