Shobak Castle the first Crusader castle built in Jordan.
Shobak Castle is a great destination to explore the history of Jordan. Just off the King’s Highway and about 175 kilometers from Aqaba , perched like a ship on the crest of a hill stands the majestic.
The castle is a reminder of Crusader King Baldwin I’s glory, who built it in 1115. Later Shobak and Kerak to the north came under the control of Raynald of Châtillon who began pillaging the caravans that passed nearby. This provoked the ire of Sallahuddin Al-Ayooubi, who descended upon the Crusader kingdom, taking Jerusalem and then later sieging Shobak and Kerak in 1189. And later was captured by the Mamluk, who left calligraphic inscriptions on the walls and towers during the last renovation of the Shobak Castle in the 1290s.