Al-Salt

Al-Salt

Al-Salt, or Salt, is an ancient agricultural town and administrative centre in west-central Jordan. It was built by the Macedonian army during the reign of Alexander the Great. The city was distinguished throughout its long history as a linking point between the eastern desert and the West, and its prosperity during the Ottoman era made it a magnet for Syrian and Lebanese merchants who contributed to the commercial and economic activity of the city. The city includes a group of historical buildings that offer a mixture of European architecture and the traditions of local architecture. The development of the city through all historical stages reflects the depth of tolerance and coexistence between all Muslim and Christian populations. Al-Salt was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2021.

Site Information

Country: Jordan

District: Balqa Governorate

Category: Historic Cities and Regions

Site History: 4th Century BC

Oldest Culture: Ancient Greek

Later Cultures: Roman + Islamic

Site Features: Mixed Monuments


World Heritage Site

Official Name: As-Salt - The Place of Tolerance and Urban Hospitality

Date of Inscription: 2021

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