A morning in Jordan's first capital

As Salt Travel Blog

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    Very few tourists come to Salt, and when they do they usually come individually.  It is a place in which you must look for yourself to find its treasures but they are there nonetheless, as Salt is one of the most important cities in Jordan's recent history.  It is historically significant to the foundation of the modern Kingdom of Jordan.
    The first thing you notice on ascent is the yellow limestone buildings striping the valley.  Limestone quarries are all over Jordan but only in Salt do you find yellow limestone on all the building facades, many of which shine with the charm of the late Ottoman period architecture.  We went first to the boys high school, way atop one of the hills at Salt.
Mosque at the tomb of the prophet Jethro
  This was the fist high school in Jordan, believe it or not, established in 1923, before which all children had to go to either Jerusalem or Damascus for schooling.  We had a long walk through the Abu Jaber mansion, belonging to a wealthy merchant family who once had a lot of power because of Salt's location on the trading route to Jerusalem.  King Abdullah I lived in this building when he chose Salt as the Capital of Trans-Jordan.  The building was under renovation but will soon open to the community as a museum and historical center.  It will be a must see for history buffs passing through Salt.  We walked through the souq, though many of the shops were closed for Friday prayers.  Climbing up one of the hills in the old city, we stumbled upon the Christian quarter, with many churches and a few crosses displayed on buildings.
    Upon leaving Salt, we headed to the Shrine of the prophet Jethro (Shu'ab according the holy Quran) for a much needed break in the shade.  The mosque is outside of Salt near the city of Mahis.  There's not really much to see but it's a good place to stop for a biblical history lesson.
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Mosque at the tomb of the prophet …
Mosque at the tomb of the prophet…
Salt is renown for its yellow lim…
Salt is renown for it's yellow li…
Renovation of the Abu Jaber house,…
Renovation of the Abu Jaber house…
Salt was once the only major settl…
Salt was once the only major sett…
The original glass in the Abu Jabr…
The original glass in the Abu Jab…
Part of Salts long Christian hist…
Part of Salt's long Christian his…
Design on the ceiling of the Abu J…
Design on the ceiling of the Abu …
In the Christian quarter
In the Christian quarter
Mosque at the Jethro Shrine
Mosque at the Jethro Shrine
Tomb of the Prophet Jethro
Tomb of the Prophet Jethro
Tomb of the Prophet Jethro
Tomb of the Prophet Jethro
A glimpse into Islam
A glimpse into Islam
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