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Heading to Petra: Karak Castle

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It was between the 11th and 13th centuries when a series of military campaigns ordered by the Papacy to "recover" the Holy Land originated bloody battles between them, Turks and Saracens (so called the Muslims). They were called Crusades.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This newspaper was made on the v1 of this website, when we wrote only and exclusively for the family, so it is not as complete as the rest. However, you will find much more information about Jordan in the travel guide to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan from 2009

In addition, specifically the Dead Sea, you have a more detailed article in (Day 12 of that diary)

One of the most famous orders, along with Hospitalarios and Caballeros Teutones, were the Templar, founded in 1118 by nine French gentlemen and supported by the Catholic Church since its inception.

With this prologue we begin the day we set course for Petra, the magical pink city, after spending a very pleasant night on the shores of the Dead Sea. It is curious to observe the strange shapes that this leaves when the salt solidifies. It is also curious the microclimate that this sea has that allows you to bathe throughout the year, even in winter.



The trip to our next destination is strange. A winding road that goes up and down and that at times seems to disappear, takes us through biblical valleys and true cliffs of incalculable value. Our destination is the top of a mountain where the Templars we talked about earlier built a great fortress: Karak Castle

This impressive fortress is, after the Crac de Chevaliers in Syria (UPDATE 2009: That we visited the DAY 9: Crusades and Hospitals (y2) of the JOURNEY TO SYRIA 2009), the most important and best preserved of the time of the Crusades. It is located 900 m above sea level and sits within the walls of the ancient city. Nowadays, the city has grown with a large number of Ottoman buildings from the 19th century invasion, restaurants, lodgings ... The castle is 220 m long and 125 m wide. Its origin dates from 1,161 and was initially used by the lord of Transjordan until in 1,170 it came under the control of Reinald de Châtillon, fuminous for his recklessness and barbarism, and having failed in the second crusade, dedicated his efforts to satiate his thirst for blood from this fortress.




Upgrade! In 2005, Ridley Scott premiered "The Kingdom of Heaven", a film set in the Crusades of the 11th century and in it talks about Reinald and Karak Castle. Reinald assaulted caravans and Arab ports in peacetime. In 1,177 he caused a punishment from Saladin (who does not know his great empire?), and executed it in the battle of Hattin.







Karak passed multiple times of hands when being a strategic place in the commercial routes towards the Red Sea. Especially well preserved are the ruins of its underground and indoor. There are still many interesting remains of his former fortress.




After finishing the visit to this great fortress, and although I have been bringing stomach problems from Spain, I have not been able to avoid trying the traditional food of the place: Mansaf, lamb with yogurt, Bedouin specialty and national typical dish.


After eating, we head to Petra, where we arrive to sleep in the Movenpick Petra, just 200 m. from the entrance of the big city. It promises to be an unforgettable day, and for that we will get up very soon. Good evening family, good night everyone.

Isaac, from Petra (Jordan)

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