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Ajloun , also written (Ajlun)
مدينة عجلون
—  City  —
Overview of Ajlun City
Nickname(s): Jordan Green
Ajloun , also written (Ajlun) is located in Jordan
Ajloun , also written (Ajlun)
Location in Jordan
Coordinates: 32°21′N 35°44′E / 32.35°N 35.733°E / 32.35; 35.733
Country Jordan
Province Ajlun Governorate
Municipality established 1920
Area
 - City 1.5 sq mi (4 km2)
 - Metro 11.6 sq mi (30 km2)
Elevation 6,070 ft (1,850 m)
Population (2004)
 - City 8,200
 Metro 55,000
Time zone GMT (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Postal code 26810
Area code(s) +(962)2
Website http://www.ajloun.gov.jo

Ajloun also written (Ajlun) (Arabic: عجلون‎) is the capital town of the Ajloun Governorate (although it is not the largest city in the governorate). A hilly town in the north of Jordan, located 76 kilometers (around 47 miles) north west of Amman. It is noted for its impressive ruins the 12th century castle which known nowadays as Ajlun Castle. The Ajlun Governorate has a population of over 130 thousand widespread in twenty seven villages and towns and area about 420 km2. The population of Ajlun Governorate is mainly composed of the following tribes:Al-Sharee(الشرع), Almomani, Alsmadi, Qudah, Freihat, Zoghoul, and others. Haddad and Rabadi are the main Christian tribes in Ajloun. People of the area are very well-known for pursuing university degrees and higher education. Only one college with undergraduate degrees exists in Ajloun. The most notable towns and villages in Ajlun (other than Ajlun itself) are : Al-Mrrajjam [1],Ain-Janna, Kufranji, Anjara, Sakhra, Ibbeen and Hashimiyya.

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Districts of Metropolitan Ajloun

there are five districts in the Greater Ajloun Municipality:

Ajlun Castle at night
District
1 Ajloun
2 Ain Janna
3 Anjara
4 Rawabi
5 Safa

Demographics

According to the Jordan national census of 2004, the population of the town of Ajlun was 7,289. Ajlun Governorate is about 119,000. Muslims make up the majority of Ajlun's population, there are Christian minority groups in the city as well. The governorate of Ajlun is highly agricultural, as the population distibution tells.

Point of Interest

Ajlun Castle is located on the site of an old monastery. It was built in 1184 by Izz al-Din Usama, a general in the army of Saladin. The castle controlled traffic along the road connecting Damascus and Egypt. The fortress marks the furthest limit of Frankish incursions during the Crusades. The Mamluks added a prominent tower to the castle. It was captured by the Mongols in 1260 and was partially destroyed in the process.

Located in the center of Ajlun is the Great Ajlun Mosque. This mosque is one of the oldest extent in Jordan and dates back around 800 years. In 2007 work began on improving the mosque to allow tourists to visit it.

Tell Mar Elias is located just outside the city limits. This site contains Byzantine mosaics which are uncovered during the summer months for tourists.

The Ajloun Forest Reserve is also located nearby.

Climate and Topography

The Ajlun mountains are famous for their lush vegetation and thick green forests and a good place for hikes. Its highest mountain peaks reach around 1850 meters above sea level and covered with snow through out the winter, spring and autumn period. It's one of the countries most beautiful regions. Ajlun has a Mediterranean weather rainy and snowy in winter season and pleasant in the summer time. It receives a number of snow storms per year with snow accumulations that reach up to a 3 meters at times.

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Coordinates: 32°21′N 35°44′E / 32.35°N 35.733°E / 32.35; 35.733

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Asia : Middle East : Jordan : Ajlun
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Ajlun, a city in northern Jordan, is famous for its castle. The archaeological site is popular for tourists.

Get in

Buses from Amman leave from Trababour Bus Station to 'Ajloun whenever they are full. Your best bet is early in the morning, around 8 am as they become more scarce as the day progresses.

Get around

'Ajloun is not a very big town, the bus will drop you off in the center and in order to get to the castle, which is clearly visible from the town perched on a hill, you can either walk the 3 km or take a taxi there.

See

Ajlun Castle (also Rabadh Castle), an Islamic fortress, built during the period of the Crusades. The castle is located on the top of a mountain just outside the small city of Ajlun. The castle is an interesting maze of passages and levels, and offers a wonderful view of the surrounding area, northwestern Jordan, and off into Galilee.

The cost to access the castle is 1 JD.

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