As-Salt: A historical day trip from Amman

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Preserving an old era, this historic city used to be part of the highway that connected Jordan to Palestine. Situated close to 1000 meters above sea level, As-Salt is predominately built on three main hills. They’re filled with mustard colored homes, narrow streets and many stairs – the city is full of undiscovered corners.

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To continue honoring it’s deeply rooted history, the As-Salt Municipality established the Salt Heritage Trail.Start at the Historic Old Salt Museum right on the main road or locally known as the Abu Jaber House. The Historical Museum has free admission and is adjacent to the visitor’s center.

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Hammam Street – Start off by heading to As-Salt’s oldest commercial zone, which continues to be a thriving market for your every day needs and trinkets from Jordan. In the heart of the souq, you’ll find a little opening to the left and a steep set of stairs (the Haddadin Stairs) – head upwards and off you go.

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Your first trail landmark will be Qaqish House, which was constructed in 1985 and was resided in by the Qaqish family until 1905. Now it serves as the office of As-Salt’s City Development Project.

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Al Jada’a Lookout – At the tip hill is Al Jada’a Lookout, this is the most picturesque vantage point overlooking the city towards the south. Make sure to take it all in. At every turn and every corner you’ll get the most precious views of the hills and beyond.

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The path will then start taking you downwards, towards Al-Khader Street. You’ll find yourself surrounded by a gigantic mural of portraits.

Wander the streets and not just the trail, you’ll be surprised to see that even unmarked buildings carry so much character.

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If you’re planning on doing the trail (which is a must!), use this helpful map to guide you around the city!

On the way out, towards Amman stop at Oriental Cafe & Restaurant to get the most perfect panorama of Amman.

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