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Ajlun, a hilly town in the North West of Amman. One of Jordan’s most beautiful regions, thanks to the Mediterranean weather, with its’ mountains famous for their lush vegetation and thick green forests and hiking places. On top, noted for the impressive ruins of the 12th century castle. Ajlun Castle was built on the site of an old monastery, in 1184 by Izz Al-Din Usama, a general in the army of Saladin. The fortress marks the furthest limit of Frankish incursions during the Crusades. A prominent tower was added to the castle by the Mamluks. In 1260, it was captured by the Mongols and was partially destroyed in the process. In the early times, the castle controlled traffic along the road connecting Damascus and Egypt. The Great Ajlun Mosque, in the center of Ajlun city one of the oldest in Jordan and dates back around 800 years. In 2007 work began on improving the mosque to allow tourists to visit it. During the summer months the Byzantine mosaics of Tell Mar Elias; outside the city limits; are uncovered for tourists. The Ajloun Forest Reserve is also located nearby.