Once called “le Krak de montreal “ , Shawbak refers to the castle as well as to its surrounding group of ten villages . The castle is located less than an hour’s drive north of Petra , and was inhabited till the 1950s . It is perched on the side of a mountain , With a grand sweep of fruit trees below . Built during the crusader times , 894 years ago, Shawbak castle appears as a natural extension of a dramatic hill.
Walking in the ruined parts of the castle, you can notice some architectural elements of European , almost Gothic style. At the castle entrance , on the eastern elevation , is one of the towers with beautiful Arabic calligraphy , using big size letters branded in the Mameluke style and dated to the later rebuilding works of 1290s.