as-Salt is a thriving city situated North West of the capital Amman. Built on three main mountains (the Cadital, Jadʻah and as-Salalim), surrounded by the city square, as-Salt is enclosed by breathtaking views and is a wonderful contrast to some of the westernized sites of Amman. Comfortably perched atop of mountains, as-Salt maintains an authentic society based on affection, brotherhood, and love. The mountainside city also has significant historical relevance, most notably, as the regional capital of the Ottoman Empire.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee added as-Salt as “the place of tolerance and urban hospitality” to its World Heritage List to become the sixth Jordanian landmark to be declared a world heritage site.

Pro-tip: While you’re in as-Salt do not miss out on the unique architectural style seen in old homes across the city. 

 

 

 

 

as-Salt Archaeological Museum

 as-Salt Archaeological Museum is located in the new as-Salt commercial center. The museum, with its two exhibition halls, was opened in 1986.
The main exhibition hall contains a collection of pottery from Tulaylat al-Ghasul, dated back to the Chalcolithic Age. The museum also showcases items from Early Bronze, Middle Bronze, Late Bronze, Iron, Byzantine, and Ayyubid/Mameluk Ages.

Contact information/ how to book:
Telephone:
 009625355565

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    Prophet Yushaʻ (Joshua) Shrine – Prophet Shrine

Within a mosque to the west of as-Salt, on a hill carrying his name lies the shrine of Prophet Yushaʻ (Joshua). He was the apprentice of Prophet Moses and later his successor. Prophet Joshua led the army of the tribes of (Bani-ʻIsraʻil) in conquest over the land of Palestine.

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Heritage Houses

The historical buildings of as-Salt reflect the harmonious spirit of the city. With a unique architectural style seen nowhere else, the old houses of as-Salt have been nominated for UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage status.

To learn more about the unique nature of these homes visit: http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/6012/

 

 

 

 

as-Salt Great Mosque

This mosque, built during the late Abbasid Period, is the oldest mosque in the city and acted as a center for religious scholars from all around the world.

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al-Hammam Street

The oldest and most active street in as-Salt city, named after a Turkish bath, the narrow-pedestrianized street rolls around the contours of the hillside between 150-year-old traditional ottoman stone architecture.

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English Complex

This complex was built on the ruins of Roman baths and was used for diverse purposes including medical, educational and religious use.

Contact information/ how to book:

Telephone: 00962 5 355 4953
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  al-Khadr (St. George) Orthodox Church

This holy shrine was built in the 17th century in a cave where the saint is said to have appeared to a shepherd inside a cave, telling him and the villagers to build a church. The church is visited by Muslims and Christians alike to ask for blessings and to pray.

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as-Salt Secondary School

Established in 1923, the as-Salt Secondary School is the first and oldest school in Jordan, with many political figures and leaders in Jordan graduating from this school.

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