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THE IMPOSING CRUSADER CASTLE
The imposing Crusader stronghold of Kerak with its commanding position overlooking the town of Kerak was one of the most famous Crusader castles strategically situated on the Kings’ Highway and dominating the ancient caravan routes between Egypt and Syria. The fortified castle was built in AD 1142 and had witnessed many battles between the Crusaders and Saladin’s Muslim armies until its surrender to the Arabs after more than a one year of siege. Visitors will be amazed by the network of the dimly lit vaulted rooms and long winding corridors, which lead into each other through heavy arches and doorways. Also of interest, are the narrow arrow slits in the walls, to prevent invaders from climbing up the steep rocky slope to the castle and the spacious underground dining rooms, the giant oven, and the millstone used for pressing olives.