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Roman Ruins at Jerash

Jerash, Jordan
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JERASH Jerash  Jordan
Jerash Ruins Jerash  Jordan
Exploring The Ancient Graeco - Roman City Of Jerash Jerash  Jordan
Experience the Grandeur of Rome  Jerash  Jordan
Day Trip to Roman Ruins  Jerash  Jordan
Jerash: Jordan's Cultural Capital Jerash  Jordan
Beautiful Roman Ruins Without the Crowds Jerash  Jordan
It Is Always About the People Jerash  Jordan
Jerash, the Gerasa of Antiquity Jerash  Jordan
Ancient Roman City of Jerash Jerash  Jordan
Magnificent Jerash at Sunset Jerash  Jordan
Ionic column, Jarash, Jordan Jerash  Jordan
Discovering the ruins of the ancient city of Jerash  Jerash  Jordan
Best Preserved Roman Ruins Jerash  Jordan

JERASH

In a picturesque valley, surrounded by the mountains of Gilead, lies one of the Roman Empire’s best-preserved Roman legacies. We’re talking about the city of Jerash, where you can wander theaters and temples that harken back to the days of Alexander the Great. The local hippodrome still hosts chariot races and staged battles between gladiators. Explore the Jerash Archeological Museum and head outside the city to visit Ajloun Fort, a comparatively modern 12th-century castle with spectacular views of the surrounding hillsides. While Jerash is only about an hour’s drive north of Amman—close enough for a day trip—we suspect you’ll be tempted to linger.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 3 years ago

Jerash Ruins

After you see the well-preserved Forum and the gorgeous Hadrian’s Arch at Jerash, you might think you’re in Rome itself. The site, just a short drive from Amman, is home to some of the finest Roman ruins in the Middle East. The city flourished for centuries even after the fall of Rome until a 7th-century Persian invasion followed by a devastating earthquake in the 8th century sent it into decline. For those looking for a little entertainment, there are staged gladiator fights and chariot shows.
AFAR Local Expert
almost 5 years ago

Exploring The Ancient Graeco - Roman City Of Jerash

This ancient Graeco - Roman city was conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, and was once a vibrant business center with churches, temples, shops, theaters, baths, fountains, well-planned streets and public squares. It thrived until an earthquake left it in ruins in 1927. Jerash is known for being one of the most well-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Today, visitors can explore the ruins of the old city as well as the modern city east of the ruins. Admission to the ancient site is 8 JD (about $11).
AFAR Local Expert
over 3 years ago

Experience the Grandeur of Rome

One of the best-preserved Greco-Roman sites in the world, Jerash allows the pomp and ceremony of the ancient world to come alive. Although founded during the Hellenistic era, it's the monuments of Jerash's glory days under Roman rule that have survived to the present day. Enter the ruins through Hadrian's triumphal arch (built in 129 C.E.). Sit beside the columns, atop the Sanctuary of Zeus, for a panoramic view of the city remnants stretching out before you. Then wander down the Cardo Maximus, lined with once-grand civic buildings, to tread the same path once taken by Roman citizens in their chariots.
AFAR Local Expert
over 3 years ago

Day Trip to Roman Ruins

From Amman (or Madaba) it's an easy day trip to Jordan's top two Roman sites. Head for Jerash to walk the long colonnaded street from the Oval Plaza to the Sanctuary of Artemis via the incredibly well-preserved Nymphaeum. Then, head further north to Umm Qais (ancient Gadara) for more columns, a black basalt theater, and stunning views down to the Sea of Galilee.
almost 5 years ago

Jerash: Jordan's Cultural Capital

Amman may be Jordan's capital, but Jerash may well be the country's cultural capital, with evidence of unbroken settlement found in the ruins. Visitors can see Greek inscriptions to Roman Temples to Byzantine churches all within the space of a few hundred acres. The ruins too, are beautifully preserved, all the way from Hadrian's Arch dating from 129 AD to the pint-size Hippodrome, which was one of the smallest in the Roman Empire.
almost 5 years ago

Beautiful Roman Ruins Without the Crowds

I'll be honest, the primary reason I went to Jordan was to see Petra. But rather than fly in and out, I decided to spend a week exploring the country. One day I went to the ancient city of Jerash. It was beautiful - well preserved with the avenues still intact. And what was so great was there were very few tourists (unlike Ephesus in Turkey). I hired a guide at the entrance and learned the rich history and imagined a time from a long time ago. This picture is of the Temple Diana. The columns actually ever so slightly sway in the wind but have survived all these centuries.
almost 5 years ago

It Is Always About the People

I love seeing different parts of the world. What I love even more is meeting the locals. So one of my highlights in Jordan was the unexpected delight of meeting a group of schoolgirls on a field trip in Jerash. I was walking around with my guide and two girls shyly waved at me and said "hi" in English. I said hi back and they quickly came over. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by girls and asking them questions, answering their questions about where I'm from, etc. It was so incredibly special and interesting to get a snapshot of Jordanian culture for young schoolgirls. A definite highlight.
almost 5 years ago

Jerash, the Gerasa of Antiquity

Jerash, huge archeological site a little forgotten by the local authorities also make sure that you get a guide in advance or be willing to pay 20JD i didn't take the tour and i believe i missed a lot You will find local kids just wanting to be on a pictures and sometimes they are a bit scary because the overwhelm you they want to meet you, talk to you and most of them they do not speak english at all or very little
almost 5 years ago

Ancient Roman City of Jerash

A short drive outside of Amman is the city of Jerash. Conquered by Emperor Pompey in 63 BC, Jerash came under Roman rule and is one of the best-preserved Roman cities outside of Italy. This is a picture of the North Theater originally constructed in the 160s AD. It's easy to spend hours walking around and let your imagination get the better of you. Just be sure you pack a lot of water and a hat if it's during the summer.
almost 5 years ago

Magnificent Jerash at Sunset

To reach Jerash, our one hour calculated drive in the rental car took us three hours in actuality. In Jerash, Jordan., sits the ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Gerasa dating back to the time of AG (Alexander the Great). On this real adventure, which was full of waylays and mishaps, I learned a few important lessons, and I've traveled a bit with friends and on my own. First and foremost, have a map in Arabic, if you're traveling in an Arabic speaking country. Two, pay the $8 dollar a day fee for a GPS, if you're going it on your own in a rental car. Lastly, three...always, always follow your instincts with directions (unless directionally challenged), and dealings with people. Jerash was a truly hard fought destination for my traveling companion and I to get to, but it was totally worth getting lost in Amman, and our side journey to near proximity of the Syrian border. Jerash is such a large and amazingly well preserved site that it is worth the time and every effort to make a stop and see it, if you happen to be traveling in Jordan.
almost 4 years ago

Ionic column, Jarash, Jordan

Jarash was developed in the height of the Roman Empire (early 1st century CE) and was also held by the Ottomans and Circassians. Jarash boasts a graceful oval forum lined with an ionic colonnade. It is simply striking. Climb a small hill near the theatre to examine the capitals of the columns at close range. Come for the variety of ancient architecture, stay for the live entertainment. Local Jordanian actors will demonstrate a gladiatorial show - it's fantastic!
about 3 years ago

Discovering the ruins of the ancient city of Jerash

Exploring the ancient city of the Greco-Roman city of Jerash is like no other ruins I have visited. The site is huge, and you get an appreciation for how large it is due to the fact that there is little to no other people there. On site you are free too wonder and explore as you please making the experience your own.
over 2 years ago

Best Preserved Roman Ruins

While visiting Amman and Petra, I also visited Jerash. The Roman ruins there are amazing. You can take a local bus, but I was short on time, so took a taxi.