I went to Aljun to visit the Saracen stronghold of Qalaat-al-Rabad. During the crusades, this castle held a dominating position affording Saladin protection against the crusader forces. It is also here that Richard the Lion Hearted was kept prisoner until his ransom was paid.

Qalaat-al-Rabad's view is one of the best in Jordan where on clear days you can see all the way to the waters of the Dead Sea as well as the Jordan Valley, the West Bank and the Sea of Galilee. Qalaat-al-Rabad was once a strategic message post for carrier pigeons and a point for fire beacons, one in a chain of stations that enabled messages to be relayed between Cairo and Baghdad.