Shobak Castle

Shobak Castle

Along the ancient silk roads in Amman are ample castles, but yet another is found in Petra. The Shobak Castle may be smaller in size than those of Kerak and Amman, but this castle offers some insight into the crusader life back in time.
 
Quiet and secluded, in a ruinous state, stands the Shobak Castle that still has tunnel visitors can enter. It was excavated by the crusaders whilst under siege to help them access water. Made up of three hundred and sixty five steps and about two hundred meters long, you can walk through it in about twenty minutes. It leads from the top of the mountain, makes its way underground through the mountain and appears again at the top of the mountain. The mere workmanship of the castle and the tunnel has to be admired.
 
This twelve century castle is somewhat small and also hosts a crusader church which is wonderfully preserved. The views from the battlements are superb and stretches as far as the eye can see. Considering that entrance is free, it is well worth an hour long visit.
 
This site is often not included in a classical tour of Jordan, but as it is along the way to or from Petra, it can be incorporated. It is recommended to have a guide for the Shobak Castle visit as the locals would perhaps not be able to rely vital historical information.