Visit Kerak, Jordan
For over three thousand years the route from Amman south to the Arabian Peninsula has been busy with pilgrims, merchants and conquering armies. Winding through sheer wadis, and along precipitous ridges, it passes numerous important historical sites.
For the modern visitor, it begins with a visit to Madaba and Mt Nebo, before heading south to the crusader castles. The most impressive of these is Kerak, whose solid crusader walls, refined by the Mamluks, sit on top of a steep outcrop, making this an almost impregnable position.
An altogether older fortress sits at Mukawir, on an isolated cone of rock overlooking the Dead Sea — it was here that Salome danced for Herod in exchange for the head of John the Baptist.
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Suggested itineraries featuring Kerak
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Classic Jordan tour: Amman, Petra & the Dead SeaJordanView this tour
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Places near Kerak
- The Dead Sea 35 miles away
- Dana Biosphere Reserve 36 miles away
- Madaba 38 miles away
- Mount Nebo 41 miles away
- Amman 55 miles away
- Little Petra & Aaron's Tomb 58 miles away
- Petra 61 miles away
- Jerash & The Decapolis 77 miles away
- Wadi Rum 115 miles away
- Aqaba 122 miles away