Cultural landmarks lost: Ain Al-Sitt and Ottoman Bridges seek restoration

Ain Al-Sitt and Ottoman Bridges
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AMMAN — Nestled at the eastern gateway of the city of Karak, "Ain Al-Sitt" and the Ottoman bridges stand as cultural, historical, and architectural landmarks. Unfortunately, these structures now exist only as remnants and memories, victims of time and neglect.اضافة اعلان

Once an ancient edifice located in the region known as "Wadi Tawi," "Ain Al-Sitt" was transformed into a bus depot, obscuring its significance under layers of history, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

According to researcher Hamed Al-Nawaiseh, "Ain Al-Sitt" consisted of a flowing perennial spring adorned by a two-tiered dome structure built by the Mamluks in the year 1200 AD. The first dome provided shade and purity to the spring, while the second served as a restful retreat for its visitors.

Six adjacent tunnels
The name "Ain Al-Sitt" originates from six adjacent tunnels carved into an adjacent rocky mountain slope. Mamluk rulers repurposed these tunnels as tombs, resulting in the name paying homage to their sixfold arrangement. While the physical presence of "Ain Al-Sitt" has been lost to time, these six tunnels remain as silent witnesses to its past existence.

How it transformed
Scholar Youssef Al-Habbashneh further adds that "Ain Al-Sitt" occupied the region known as "Wadi Tawi," extending from the ancient Karak Bridge beneath the castle to the Al-Hawiyah area. The building stood atop a flowing spring, its legacy eventually transforming into the old Karak municipal slaughterhouse, later transitioning into a garage for municipal vehicles and bus parking.

Former Mayor of Karak, Khalid Al-Dmour, urges relevant authorities to preserve the rich historical and cultural heritage that has shaped the city throughout the ages. The architectural marvels, be they ancient buildings, walls, towers, or bridges - such as the Ottoman bridges - hold immeasurable value.

An effort to restore
He emphasizes the importance of harnessing the combined efforts of engineers, heritage experts, visual artists, and tourism professionals to restore these historical treasures, ensuring that they remain vibrant cultural assets.

In a world where remnants of the past risk fading into oblivion, the significance of "Ain Al-Sitt" and the Ottoman bridges transcends time, beckoning to be reclaimed from neglect and restored to their former glory.

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