Hajjah is an exquisite little town which does not make nearly enough of its superbly restored historic quarter, or Old Town. The network of stone streets, steps and impressive architecture is a pleasure to explore on foot. Its mosques are a case of old and new, with the old taking pride of place in amongst the Old Town, standing out proudly with its bright gold dome. While the new mosque sits in a privileged position on its own hilltop adjacent to the town centre, fringed by greenery and reached by a winding road.
There are small shops dotted throughout the town, and some bigger stores lining the central road through the newer part of Hajjah. Hajjah is located 18km west of Nablus, but actually comes under the Qalqilya governorate. Hajjah is originally an Aramaic word which means ‘market’ or ‘society’.
Population: 2,500 (2006)