Shobak Castle, less than an hour north of Petra, is a lonely reminder of former Crusader glory.

Once called Mont Real, Shobak dates from the same turbulent period as Karak. The castle’s exterior is impressive, with a foreboding gate and encircling triple wall. Despite the precautions of its builder, the fortress fell to Saladin only 75 years after it was built. Inscriptions by his proud successors appear on the castle walls.

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