Muhafazat al Balqa' Things to Do

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Muhafazat al Balqa' Things to Do

  • Architecture

    As Salt Things to Do

    As-Salt was built on a very hilly terrain. The centre of town lies in the middle of a deep valley and the town spreads up the surrounding hills. The effect is quite picturesque with the houses stacked on top of each other as in the attached photos. For more photos, check out the travelogue: "Stacked Houses of as-Salt".

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  • Landscape

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    Finally, it was time to leave the lowest point on Earth as we turned left into the snaking road that leads to the town of Kerak. Four hundred metres higher, there was a road sign that indicated where we touched sea level. As in throughout this region, the arid scenery was breathtaking with interesting rock formations and deep gorges.

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  • Al-Hammam Street

    As Salt Things to Do

    Named after an Arab Bath that no longer exists, al-Hammam Street is the main traditional shopping street in historic as-Salt. The narrow pedestrianised street wraps around the contours of a hill between traditional stone architecture and contains many local shops selling items typical of the Middle East, such as spices. The street is most...

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  • Floating

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    Yes, it's true, you can float and read a newspaper at the same time, but hurry up and get there, as the sea is disappearing at an outstanding rate!!! The Dead Sea has a salinity of 32.4% which enables people to float. A FEW FACTS The Dead Sea is the lowest elevation on land at 423 m below sea level At 377 m deep it is the deepest land locked salt...

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  • Salt Archaeological Museum

    As Salt Things to Do

    Considered one of the finest of the Ottoman-period mansions of as-Salt, Beit Abu Jaber was built in 1892 and likely named after a certain Abu Jaber family. The foundation of the structure and the first floor looks much more ancient, probably of Mediaeval construction. It was recently restored and turned into the Historic Old Salt Museum, which...

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  • Wadi Mujib

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    The spectacular Wadi Majib carves its way through the arid cliffs of Jordan and snakes its way all the way down to the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. A quick stop along the Dead Sea Highway for the attached photo is a must during the long drive to Petra. For those with more time, hiking trails and a spa are located upstream, though they are only...

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  • Churches

    As Salt Things to Do

    With Christians representing 30% of its population, as-Salt has several churches that serve the community and its various sects. Among those I encountered were the Latin Church (i.e., Roman Catholic) and the Greek Orthodox Church. The latter is dedicated to Saint George, who is known in Arabic and in Islam as al-Khider, and the church is thus known...

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  • Dead Sea Mud

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    Because of the high mineral content of its mud and waters, they are thought to have healing powers. Many people come here to get a Dead Sea mud treatment followed by a dip in the water. One look at these lovely ladies made me skip the mud treatment altogether and go straight for the water...

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  • Great Mosque

    As Salt Things to Do

    When I visited as-Salt in December 2010, the Great Mosque of as-Salt was undergoing a renovation project. The structure was built in the early 1970s as a replacement to an early 19th century mosque, which had been deemed structurally unsafe. The 19th century buildings was in turn probably built on the site of a more ancient mosque. The restoration...

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  • Dead Sea Highway

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    After a quick dip in the Dead Sea followed by lunch at the Movenpick, we drove south on the Dead Sea Highway as we continued our way to Petra. The views were equally stunning through out the way and towards the southern half of the Dead Sea we could see Israel on the other side.

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  • Abu Jaber Mansion

    As Salt Things to Do

    This beautiful building is in the process of being restored. It is beautiful from the outside. I was told that it would be open for visitors within 2 weeks (that is from 30 April) when I was there. It is historically important as it was a home to Royalty.

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  • Baptism Site

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    Just north of the Dead Sea on the River Jordan is the site of the Baptism of Jesus Christ in Bethany-Beyond-The-Jordan. It is called "al-Maghtas" in Arabic. Due to time constraints, we skipped a visit to the site but were content to be close enough to it to see the road sign in the attached photo. Update: In June 2015, the Baptism Site was added...

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  • As-Salt Small Mosque

    As Salt Things to Do

    The Small Mosque of as-Salt, as it is called, was built in 1905 and restored in 1995. It has a round minaret with beautiful decorations, but otherwise, the mosque is fairly plain. It is located on al-Hammam Street.

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