Echoes from the Past E01: Crusader Castle in Jordan

Echoes from the Past

Everything is visible from al-Karak Castle. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
The ruins of palace in al-Karak castle. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Name Meaning of Kerak Castle

Al-Karak Castle was fortified so many times what it was made almost impenetrable. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
Mesha Stele and the Bible are among very narrow list of Moab records in history. Photo by Louvre Museum / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)

History of al-Karak

Moabites in al-Karak

Israelite states were separated from Moab by the Dead Sea, just like Israel is separated from Jordan today. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Biblical Origins

Actual Facts

According to Mesha Stelle, Chemosh got angry with people of Moab and he let them to be subdued by Israelites. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
Throughout ages, the rulers of the castle built many layers on top of it. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Kerak Castle under Crusaders

Al-Karak castle was built on the top of Moab Temple. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Fall of al-Karak Castle to Ayyubid Dynasty

Saladin Statue near al-Karak Castle. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
Before Kerak Castle was built, Montreal was the most important crusader fortress in the region. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Mamluk Warriors

Al-Karak castle is one of the best examples of crusader castles wher eyou can see a mix of west European, Arab & Byzantine influence. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Mamluk Rise to Power

Baibars tower is teh highest tower in the whole castle. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Rediscovery to Western Culture

Ridley Scott filmed in al-Karak Castle for 2005 movie “Kingdom of Heaven”. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Geography of al-Karak

AL-Karak Castle is shattered, but imposed. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

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