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Karak Castle is impressive for its vantage position above the town but what most impressed me here was what could be seen underground. Not one but several levels hidden under the walls. It was fascinating and...spooky, since one can be easily lost in this labyrinthic underground world, completely dark in some parts.

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A small, busy town atop an isolated hill still encircled by Crusader walls, KARAK is the unofficial capital of southern Jordan. Roughly midway between Amman and Petra, it's also a natural place to break a journey along the King's Highway. The huge and well-preserved Crusader castle which occupies the southern tip of the hill is one of the finest in the Middle East, second only to Syria's Crac des Chevaliers for explorability.
(Source: Rough Guide to Jordan)

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Karak (from wikipedia):

Karak City is the capital and largest city of the Karak Governorate. Karak, once a part of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, lies 140 km to the south of Amman on the King's Highway. An ancient Crusader stronghold, it is situated on a hilltop about 1000 meters above sea level and is surrounded on three sides by a valley. Karak commands a magnificent view of the Dead Sea. A city of about 20,000 people has been built up around the castle and continues to boast a number of restored 19th century Ottoman buildings, restaurants, places to stay, and the like. The town is built on a triangular plateau, with the castle at its narrow southern tip, but it is undoubtedly Karak Castle which dominates.

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