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One of the towers guarding the walls of Montreal Castle. The castle was built in 1115 by Baldwin I of Jerusalem during his expedition to the area where he captured Aqaba on the Red Sea in 1116. Originally called 'Krak de Montreal' or 'Mons Regalis', it was named in honour of the king's own contribution to its construction (Mont Royal). After capturing Jerusalem in 1187, Saladin besieged Montreal. Because of the steepness of the hill site, Saladin was unable to use siege engines, but after almost two years the castle finally fell to his troops in May 1189. The ruins, called Shoubak or Shawbak in Arabic, are located in modern town of Shoubak in Jordan.

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