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History & Heritage


Jordan: a new UNESCO World Heritage Site

The list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites is growing every year with new magical places all over the world. The Arab world is once again not left behind, since a village in Jordan has obtained its precious sesame for this very closed club.

UNESCO has just studied 39 proposals of sites that wished to join the list of world heritage sites, on the occasion of its 44th deliberation session. And it turns out that at the end of the debates, a certain number of new sites were chosen, like for example the Indian archaeological site of Gujarat, or the prehistoric site of Jomon, in the north of Japan. 

Among these, there is a small village in Jordan that caught our attention. 

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It is a magnificent site called As-Salt. Located northwest of Amman, it is distinguished by a very singular architecture. This is due to the fact that between 1860 and 1925, during the Ottoman Empire, an architectural movement developed in the city, the result of the work of a “master of stone” from Nablus, the neighboring city. Even today, it is his legacy that gives As-Salt its special appearance. 

Inhabited since the Stone Age, the site is known today as “a place of tolerance and urban hospitality”. It is indeed important to emphasize that in addition to its architectural particularities, the village evolves in a fascinating geopolitical and cultural context, where Muslim and Christian communities living together until today show a peaceful coexistence and an unparalleled socio-cultural development.  

Without a doubt, a stopover not to be missed during a trip to Jordan!

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Published on 28 July 2021