Get a feel of the inter-religious harmony and coherence within the neighbourhoods of As-Salt on the Harmony Trail. Reflected in the long-standing mosques and churches that reside together in peace, As-Salt is known for its sense of unity and community. While on the trail, keep an eye out for the Islamic and Christian symbols and inscriptions that are infused within the architecture of old homes and houses of worship.
The journey starts with a visit to one of the most beautiful, historic houses in As-Salt. The Abu Jaber House is a beautiful mansion, representing the era of prosperity in the city at the end of the 19th century. It has been converted into the Historical Old Salt Museum, showcasing the history of the golden age of the city.
Take in all the colors, smells, textures and sounds of Al Ain Plaza: As-Salt’s old down town. You are now surrounded by Hammam Street, Al-Eskafyeh stairs and Al Khayateen stairs. Enjoy a game of Mangaleh while you’re here; the most famous game in As-Salt, passed down through generations.
The Great Mosque, which was once the oldest mosque in As-Salt, was originally constructed in the 13th century and was later rebuilt in 2007 in Al Ain Plaza, the center of the city, reflecting a mix of modern and traditional architecture. As a town that appreciates interfaith coexistence, the stairs of the mosque lead to the church of the Good Shepherd. From the mosque’s glorious minaret, you can hear the soothing call to prayer resonate across the city.
The complex was established in 1849, and served as a hub for various activities. The complex combined a school for children, the first hospital in Jordan, the Church of the Good Shepherd and a school for religious lessons. It treated patients during the two world wars, Palestinian revolutions and the great earthquake that struck the city in 1927.
This iconic house was built in 1864, reflecting the development of As-Salt’s urban economic character. It was owned by one of As-Salt’s biggest families. The house has been granted to As-Salt Greater Municipality to be used as headquarters for As-Salt City Development Project.
Al Khader Orthodox Church and the shrine within are the most visited place in As-Salt. Found at the end of Al Khader Street – a winding road filled with a variety of shops – is the church which was originally built in an ancient cave in 1682. People believe that many miracles have happened here. In 2008, it is believed that the footprint of St. George appeared while he was pushing himself up to mount his horse. Al Khader Church is also a place where not only Christians pray, but Muslims are welcome to pray too.
The Small Mosque is the oldest standing mosque in As-Salt, built in the first quarter of the 20th century. Located at the end of Hammam Street, the small mosque was built by mason Haj Suleiman Abu Al-Hosson in 1905-1907 and financed solely by donations from the local community.
The school is the first private school in As-Salt. It welcomes both Muslim and Christian students and teachers.