Welcome to Jordan's first Storytown
Once upon a time, at the turn of the 19th, As-Salt was a flourishing trading town and it thrived in the early 20th century. Yet its history goes further back, as revealed by relics that include Roman tombs and an Ayyubid fortress. To this day, this fascinating place has retained its charm as a well-preserved historic town with beautiful narrow streets and dazzling old houses that echo mystical tales of splendor.
Every element of As-Salt has been woven into its story; from bustling streets and quaint staircases, to aromatic flavors and yellow stone exteriors that characterize the city. As-Salt is a distinctive destination because of the magical tale it tells, and for its unique ambiance that creates an enchanted town like no other.
The name ‘As-Salt’ comes from the Latin word Saltus, which means forest. Situated in the highlands of Al-Balqa region, the town is built in the crook of three hills close to the Jordan Valley. Since ancient times, including the Classical, Byzantine, Islamic and Ottoman periods, various communities settled in As-Salt. It was the capital of Transjordan for three months between October 1922 and January 1923.
A city of many firsts, As-Salt was once one of the most important settlements in the area. Rich in history and agriculture, As-Salt was a fundamental trading link between the east and west banks of the Jordan River. The Romans, Byzantines and Mamlukes all contributed to the growth of the town, but it was during the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century that As-Salt enjoyed its most prosperous period. As the town flourished, many merchants arrived with their newly acquired wealth and built the fine houses that can still be admired today.
With its narrow lanes and exquisite late Ottoman architecture, As-Salt invites you to visit its markets and splendid traditional houses, tour the city on foot, and interact with its warm and welcoming people.
Jordan’s first, Religious college
Jordan’s first, Pharmacy opened in As-Salt
Jordan’s first, Private school
Jordan’s first, Municipality
Jordan’s first, Chamber of commerce and also in the Middle East
Jordan’s first, Municipal council
Jordan’s first, Public library
Jordan’s first, Hospital and Mosque
Jordan’s first, City to pledge allegiance to Prince Hussein Bin Ali as King
Jordan’s first, Political capital ,School and Post office
Jordan’s first, Street lights and Scout group
Jordan’s first, Musical troupe Graduating class, Published poet and Museums for school textbooks
Jordan’s first, Rain gauge
Jordan’s first, Building numbering system and Paved sidewalks
Jordan’s first, Young Men’s Muslim Association
Jordan’s first, Architect
Jordan’s first, Cultural café
Jordan’s first, Educational magazine and School textbooks
Jordan’s first, Water supply network
Jordan’s first, Petition for the building of a university was initiated and circulated in As-Salt, collecting 1000 signatures
Jordan’s first, Theater
Jordan’s first, Medicine factory
Jordan’s first, Published document on customs and traditions
Jordan’s first, City development corporation
Jordan’s first, City to be adopted by the Arab Towns Organization for the maintenance of archaeological monuments
Jordan’s first, Cultural forum