Jordan: Al-Salt

The historic city of Al-Salt is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was supposedly founded by the armies of Alexander the Great, then grew during the Byzantine times, and much further expanded by Mamluks. The biggest grown was however in the ottoman times when the traditional architecture popped along all the hills. The town is in the very mount Amelia area, so all the streets and building are literally growing on top of each other. Minarets and churches peacefully co-exist here, and calls to prayer ring from mosques as loud as bells in the churches. The city is compact and the main attraction is the historic center with hundreds of heritage traditional Ottoman architecture limestone buildings dating to the late 19th and the early 20th centuries.