Salfit Governorate

It is one of the governorates of the Palestinian Authority of Canaanite origin, located in the northwest of the West Bank, bordered to the south by Ramallah and Al-Bireh, to the north by Qalqilya, to the west by Israel, and to the east by Nablus. It is about 26 kilometers from Nablus and is the nearest city to it. It has an area of ​​1800 dunums and an altitude of 510 meters above sea level. Salfit is considered an administrative center for the surrounding villages, which amount to 25 villages. The most important of these villages are: Bidya, Deir Ballut, Kifl Haris, Kafr Ad-Dik, Qarawat Bani Hassan, Al-Zawiya, and Z’arta.


Opinions differed and varied about the reason for calling it by this name. It was fertile and planted with grapes, and the other opinion says that its name came from the word (sil), which is the vessel that was mentioned previously, and the word (vit) which means bread, meaning that its name became the basket of bread, and this means that it is a land of goodness and blessing due to the large number of springs in it, which amount to a hundred springs. , and the most likely reason for its name is its fame for cultivating the vine, for which many ancient stone mills dedicated to it have been discovered around the city.

the climate

The climate of Salfit Governorate, like other governorates of Palestine, is characterized by a hot, dry climate in summer and cold and rainy in winter. The highest temperature was recorded in it at 29 degrees Celsius, while the lowest temperature was 6 degrees Celsius.

Population and Economic Activity

The population of the governorate is approximately 64,129 people, according to the 2006 census of the statistics, and most of its residents work mainly in agriculture, as the governorate depends in its economic activity on agriculture in the first place, and agricultural areas cover a large part of the governorate’s area, where the cultivation of olives and grapes is famous, And figs, apples, and apricots, and it contains old and modern presses to extract olive oil, and for an industry, it is traditional and simple, such as making straw to make baskets and household items.

Tourist and archaeological sites

  • Roman Ponds: They are three medium-sized pools located in the village of Seneria.
  • Khirbet al-Badawi: It is an area that contains a number of archaeological caves, and it is called the area of ​​the monastery.
  • The shrine of Dhul-Kifl: It is a room located in the village of Kifl Haris. It contains the tomb of Joshua bin Nun and the tomb of a person called Dhul-Kifl.
  • Khirbet al-Shajara: This ruin is located north of Salfit. It contains an old tower with windows to the west. It also contains cisterns carved in the rock.

Salfit Governorate

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