Karak Castle is one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant, and is situated in Karak, Jordan. The structure is frequently referred to as “Karak in Moab”. Pagan began construction on Karak in 1140, and it soon because the center of power of Transjordan. Saladin captured Karak in 1189. New towers were built by Mamluk rulers in 1263 and the castle went largely untouched until it was partially destroyed in 1840 by Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt. The castle itself is a notable example of crusader architecture, blending western European, Byzatine and Arab design. It has a moat typical of spur castles, but the overall design is less sophisticated than other crusader castles. The building now houses the Karak Archaeological Museum.