Al-Salt

 

Al-Salt is a thriving city located in the North West of the capital Amman. Built on three main mountains (the Cadital, Gadaa and Salalem), surrounded by the city square, Al-Salt is enclosed by breathtaking views and is a wonderful contrast to some of the westernized sites of Amman.

 

An ancient town, Salt was once the most important settlement in the area between the Jordan Valley and the eastern desert. Because of its history as an important trading link between the eastern desert and the west, it was a significant place for the region’s many rulers.

 

The Romans, Byzantines and Mameluks all contributed to the growth of the town but it was at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, during Ottoman rule, when Salt enjoyed its most prosperous period.

 

It was at that time that the Ottomans established a regional administrative base in Salt and encouraged settlement from other parts of their empire. As the town’s status increased, many merchants arrived and, with their newly acquired wealth, built the fine houses that can still be admired in Salt today and are currently being considered for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

Salt’s Archaeological & Folklore Museum displays artifacts dating back to the Chalcolithic period to the Islamic era as well as other items relating to the history of the area. In the folklore museum there is presentation of Bedouin and traditional costumes and everyday folkloric items.