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Karak which was the capital of the biblical kingdom of Moab. Perched atop a steep hill, Karak is a predominantly Christian town dominated by the largest and best preserved of the Crusader castles in the region.

Karak Castle is a typical example of Crusader architecture, with Romanesque-style stone vaults, numerous corridors, and strong doorways. The Crusader parts of the ruins are mostly on the upper level and can be identified by their dark volcanic tufa; later Arab additions are in white limestone.

Karak Castle is a dark maze of stone-vaulted halls and endless passageways. The best preserved are underground and can be reached via a massive door More imposing than beautiful; the castle is nevertheless an impressive insight into the architectural military genius of the Crusaders.

Karak is still a largely Christian town, and many of today's Christian families trace their origins back to the Byzantines.

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