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Jerash

Jerash
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Jerash

The ancient city of Jerash is one of the most intact and impressive Roman sites anywhere in the ancient world. A day spent exploring this sprawling site is a great way to get in touch with your inner centurion.

Jerash was already old by the time that the Romans arrived but it was a series of emperors would really put it on the most notably Trajan, and then Hadrian. It's under the monumental Hadrian's Arch (erected to commemorate his visit in the year 129) that visitors enter the site today.

The most iconic site today is perhaps the Forum, an immense oval public space lined with columns. Roads, not least the paved Cardo Maximus lead out from here, to the old hippodrome that hosted chariot races, the immense theatre that can still seat a couple of thousand today, and the mighty Temple of Artemis.

There is a useful archaeological museum on site, but one of Jerash's great attractions is just being able to roam at your leisure; the site is so big it's easy to find a corner to yourself (or perhaps share it with a few grazing goats) to reconstruct the city in your mind and bring its glory days back to life.