Ajloun Castle seen from Anjara - North Jordan ....{by Bassam}

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Ajloun Castle : is an Ayyubid castle that stands atop Jabal Auf, near Ajloun, in northern Jordan.

History This huge fortress was built by Izz al-Din Usama, a commander and nephew of Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi (Saladin), in AD 1184-1185. The fortress is considered one of the very few built to protect the country against Crusader attacks from Karak in the south and Bisan in the west. From its situation, the fortress dominated a wide stretch of the northern Jordan Valley, controlled the three main passages that led to it (Wadi Kufranjah, Wadi Rajeb and Wadi al-Yabes), and protected the communication routes between south Jordan and Syria. It was built to contain the progress of the Latin Kingdom of Transjordan and as a retort to the castle of Belvoir a few miles south of the lake of Tiberias. Another major objective of the fortress was to protect the development and control of the iron mines of Ajlun. The original castle core had four corner towers. Arrow slits were incorporated in the thick walls and it was surrounded by a fosse averaging 16 meters (about 52 feet) in width and 12–15 meters (about 39–49 feet) in depth.

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Bassam Jayousi on November 5, 2012

Jawed, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

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Dobrosav Ciric on November 5, 2012

Veoma lep foto!!

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Bassam Jayousi on November 5, 2012

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idahodon on November 10, 2012

Beautiful landscape and wonderful description! L+F! Best regards, Don.

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Bassam Jayousi on November 22, 2012

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Bassam Jayousi on November 22, 2012

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Karin M on February 11, 2013

impressive!! Cheers, Karine

RNLatvian on August 4, 2013

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Bassam Jayousi on August 4, 2013

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Nikolai Karaneschev on November 7, 2013

Beautiful shot L+F, best wishes Nikolai

Bassam Jayousi on November 7, 2013

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 1, 2012
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    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: SONY DSC-T70
    • Taken on 2012/10/12 18:45:19
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 8.16mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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