During Ottoman rule, Salt was the region’s administrative centre, but it was passed over as the new capital of Trans-Jordan in favour of Amman. Consequently, Salt never experienced the intense wave of modernisation that swept across Amman and it has retained much of its historic charm. Today, much of Salt’s downtown is a living museum of Ottoman-period architecture.
Salt is visited by few foreign tourists and remains one of the undiscovered highlights of the Jordan Valley. A number of international aid packages awarded to the city have been used to preserve many of its old buildings. While tourist infrastructure is largely still lacking, it’s heartening to see that the residents of Salt have embraced their city’s architectural heritage.