Book now :  00962795421790

About as-Salt

As-Salt is a unique urban place in Jordan.

As-Salt is an ancient agricultural town and administrative centre in west-central Jordan. It is on the old main highway leading from Amman to Jerusalem. Situated in the Balqa highland, about 790–1,100 meters above sea level, the town is built in the crook of three hills, close to the Jordan Valley. One of the three hills, (Jebal Al Qal'a), is the site of a 13th-century ruined fortress. as-Salt city is the capital of the Balqa Governorate.

The Greater Salt Municipality has about 97,000 inhabitants (2006) of which 65% are Muslim and 35% Christians.

 

The Greater Salt Municipality is divided into nine districts:

 

District

Population (2006)

Area (Km2)

1

Salt City

71,100

48

2

Zai

2580

7.7

3

Umm Jouzeh

3355

4.2

4

Wadi Alhoor

1815

1.73

5

Al-Yazeediyeh

900

1.08

6

Yarqa

5300

4.154

7

Ira

4100

4.4

8

Allan

4640

3.8

9

Rumaimeen

2884

4,3

 

In as-Salt city the golden-stone houses clustered on slopes of hills, the traditional atmosphere absent in the modern developments of Amman some 30 Km away, and the unity and significance of the Ottoman architecture dating from the city’s “Golden Age” between 1880 and 1920, are the main attractions of this elegant town, once earmarked to become the capital of Jordan.

People of as-Salt are marked for their generosity, warm, open and friendly gestures, and at the core of as-Salt society remain the ideals of tribal unity and respect of the family. Multiple possibilities exist for returning to as-Salt its old glamour. In as-Salt, history of Jordan by its intellectual roots and prominent figures throughout the centuries could be suggested as a leading topic for cultural and tourism facilities.


Loading...