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Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman
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Private Tour: Full-Day Islamic Desert Castles and Ajloun Castle Trip from Amman

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Look beyond Jordan’s most celebrated attractions to see some lesser-known historical treasures on this private Islamic desert castle day trip from Amman. Head east to Al-Azraq, a castle that ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ once used as a headquarters, and then explore the fresco-painted masterpiece of Amra and Kharaneh castles. Finish at Aljoun, a hilltop medieval fortress built to defend against the Crusaders. Your tour includes private transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees.
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H. G. wrote a review Jan 2020
61 contributions55 helpful votes
A site of Christian significance, but the ‏ruins of the Byzantine monastery and the mosaics are not well preserved. We visited in January and I am not sure if the mosaics were covered for protection or not as I could see plastics on the floor. The site was 10 minutes drive from the Ajlun Castle and you can access using the same ticket. So it worths the drive. There is not much to see but the view from there was breathtaking. It was windy and cold on the site. I think the site attracts visitors in July at the pilgrimage time. Otherwise there is not much to see other than the ruins and beautiful oak trees.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Joy wrote a review Oct 2019
Amman, Jordan145 contributions9 helpful votes
If you find Biblical history fascinating then you’d enjoy a quick visit to Tell Mar Elias. There’s not much to see of this ancient church, but it is the believed location of the home of the prophet Elijah. Really a visit can be just 15 minutes. One perk- the ticket is 3 JD and gets you into 2 sites—this location and the castle of Ajloun.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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stonewithnomoss wrote a review Jul 2017
Duhok, Iraq923 contributions591 helpful votes
I was even with a local and we had to ask several times before we could find this place. It is of very limited interest to the casual tourist. The ruins are not in good shape and the mosaics are not all that stunning. However, this is a church that was dedicated to the birthplace of the Prophet Elijah who apparently was born nearby (village no longer exists). So for those interested in religious history, this will be of interest.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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DOShim wrote a review May 2016
Hawkhurst, United Kingdom7 contributions4 helpful votes
Beautiful high tranquil and rural location. Free entry. Extensive mosaics. Lovely place to relax in the shade.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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nolanfamily17 wrote a review Apr 2016
Amman, Jordan92 contributions52 helpful votes
These are the remains of an ancient church in honour of the Prophet Elijah, and is believed to be at the site of his birth. The place was deserted and all we could hear was birdsong. It is about 8km out of Ajlun and worth the hunt for it. There are extensive mosaics, the remains of the outer walls of the church, the baptistry and an underground crypt. The views alone are worth the visit.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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