Karak Castle and Fortified City
Old historical town of Karak is built on a triangular plateau, which forms a“natural” fortress, with the castle at its southern cliff separated by the moat. The town was called “Kir Heres” or “Kir Hareseth” in antiquity, and is one of the important cities in the Moabite Kingdom. This city was depicted as “Chrachmoba” in Madaba’s mosaic map and Umm Ar-Rasas’s mosaic. In 1142 the Crusader began to construct a castle at Karak, but in 1188 the army of Salah ed-Din captured it. Since then, it served as a fortress for Ayyubid and Mamluk. Tourism sites inside and around the city of Karak include: the Karak Castle, the towers, the wall and the tunnel entrance gate of the old city of Karak, the tomb of Prophet Nuh, the Karak Castle Panorama (Marij area-10 minutes from the city of Karak).
You can see part of the old towers, the city walls and the castle from Karak’s Panorama (Upper and Lower) and inside the city of Karak.
Karak Castle: 8:00-19:00 (summer), 8:00- 17:00 (winter)
Karak Castle Panorama (Café Upper and Lower) : 10:00 AM-Midnight
Entrance fees: Karak Castle: 2JD
Tel (Visitor Center) 962- (0) 78-7246871
GPS: Karak Castle (Entrance) 31°10’54.4”N 35°42’05.5”E (31.181778, 35.701530)
Karak Castle Panorama (Upper in Marj) 31°10’40.1”N
35°42’22.3”E (31.177812, 35.706200)
Karak Panorama (Lower in the way to the Dead
Sea-Talat al-Karak rest) 31°11’03.7”N 35°41’52.1”E
Roman Milestone (Via Nova Traiana)
In the southern cliff (Karak’s side) of Wadi Mujib, along the road going up, you can see Roman milestones. They are a part of Via Nova Traiana (New Trajan Road), which was constructed by the Roman Emperor Trajan in the early 2nd Century between Bostra (Southern Syria) and Aqaba. The name of Emperor Trajan is inscribed by Latin on the surface of the milestone.
GPS: 31°26’32.3”N 35°48’00.3”E (31.442318,35.800078)
This site is located in present-day Ar-Rabba town along the King’s Highway. The site was called Rabbath Moab, and was also called Areopolis (City of Mars) in the Roman period. It has flourished since the Nabataean time, and was central city in Karak’s region in the Roman era (around 2nd Century AD). There are remains of the stone-paved road, the Roman Temple dedicated to Emperor Diocletian and Maximilan (286-305 AD), and the Byzantine Church. The Roman column is still standing.
GPS: 31°16’14.5”N 35°44’16.8”E (31.270691,35.738005)
Karak Archaeological Museum
Karak Archaeological Museum introduces the history of the Karak Castle and the Old City of Karak, especially focusing on the Medieval time of the Crusader, Ayyubid and Mamluk period, as well as the history of the Karak region, focusing on archaeological sites along the King’s Highway. Artifacts from Rabba, and inscription written by the Moabite language is on display, as well as a replica of Mesha Stele.
Location: Karak City
GPS: 31°10'55.0"N 35°42'07.9"E (31.181945, 35.702191)
Battle Site in Mutah
The most significant and fiercest battle fought during Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) lifetime was the Battle of Mutah (629 AD). It took the lives of his closest companions, martyred fighting against a combined Byzantine/Ghassanid army. In the battle site, there are ruins of a mosque dating back to the Mamluk period.
GPS: 31°05’24.4”N 35°42’31.2”E (31.090109,35.708659)
In the town of Al-Mazar Al-Janubi, there are the tombs of the venerable companions Zaid bin Harithah, Ja’far bin Abi Talib, and Abdullah bin Ruwahah, who were martyred in the Battle of Mutah. Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) adopted son, the venerable companion Zaid bin Harithah led the Muslim army during the Battle of Mutah. Zaid is the only companion mentioned in the Holy Qur’an by name. There is also an Islamic Museum in Mazar.
Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00
GPS: 31°03’57.2”N 35°41’42.5”E (31.065883,35.695130)
Nabataean/Roman Temple in Dhat Ras
Dhat Ras was a Nabataean/Roman town. Ruins of three temples were found, in addition to the Roman cemetery. You can see the well preserved Nabataean/Roman temple with arched cella and stairway.
Location: Dhat Ras village
GPS: 31°00’01.8”N 35°45’55.4”E (31.000500,35.765394)
This gigantic gorge was called Zared in antiquity, depicted in the Madaba Mosaic Map. Wadi Hasa was the border between the Moabite Kingdom and the Edomite Kingdom, and today it is the border between Karak and Tafileh governorate. Don’t miss amazing panoramic view!
GPS: (River) 30°57’39.2”N 35°44’41.5”E (30.960889,35.744870)
There is Nabataean Temple in Al-Qasr
There is Nabataean Temple in Al-Qasr
Wadi Ibn Hamad
Wadi Ibn Hamad is the hot spring and natural valley.
Maqam of Suleiman
There is Maqam of Suleiman (Solomon) overlooking the Ghor