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Jerash

The ruined city of Jerash is well known for its old history. It is located north from Amman and attracts travelers the same as the legendary rock-cut temples at Petra. These towering colonnades and old forums, fascinating temples have become Byzantine churches. You can visit the place and feel the atmosphere where merchants from the Med offered their goods. And there you can also imagine the hubbub of camel caravans arriving. 

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The most notable Jerash’s Monuments are: 

  • Jerash Archaeological Museum: A collection of artifacts such as coins, statues, and sarcophagus found during the numerous excavations. Certainly not a place for adrenaline junkies…
  • Hadrian’s Arch: The hallmark of Jerash’s heydays;
  • Forum: The oval-shaped plaza cannot be missed.  160 Ionic columns make it a very distinctive site;
  • Hippodrome: A restored Roman-era stadium. With some luck you may watch chariot races and reconstructions of Roman military maneuvers;
  • The Cardo: A cardo was the Latin name given to a north-south street in Ancient Rome. Jerash’s cardo is a 600m colonnaded street with the original road surface that has miraculously survived in a very good condition until today;
  • Temple of Artemis: Ruins dedicated to the Ancient Greek deity;
  • Agora: The main food market;
  • South Theatre: The larger of the two theatres can seat up to 3,000 people

Hadrian’s Gate. This beautiful triumphal arch was erected in 129 AD for the visit of Emperor Hadrian to the city. Three vaulted arches mark the beginning of the old road. Theaters, temples, forum, and baths date back to a time when the region prospered thanks to the stable prosperity of Rome. Go through the arch, past the racetrack (left) to reach the hotel and the South Gate.

Oval Forum. This jewel of Jerash is the first thing you’ll see when the road leads to the open space. Its unusual shape made researchers assume that sacrifices were made here in front of the temple of Zeus. After that, a trading square appeared. After the visit to the Temple of Zeus and the theater, exit the Forum to Cardo Maximus Street, walk past the small museum to the right, past several intersections and walk towards the cathedral (about 400m).

Cathedral. This cathedral, which a wide staircase leads to, was built in the middle of the 4th century. During its heyday, Jerash boasted fifteen little flowers, most of them concentrated in the cathedral. Follow the path through the Fountain Courtyard to the Church of St. Theodore.

Churches. Tripety travelers may note the mosaic floors in churches; the most beautiful one is in the church of St. Cosmas and Damian, you can see it by looking behind the wall. Also there are preserved fragments of mosaics in the churches of St. George and John the Baptist. Return to the Church of St. Theodore, turn left to the path that leads to the bulky plinth of the Temple of Artemis.

Temple of Artemis. This is the most impressive building in Jerash in all its integrity and power because the temple is dedicated to the goddess – the patroness of the city. It is a collection of stairs, gates, and courtyards. Exit the temple to the north to the theater; there you will be able to go down. Return to Cardo Maximus past the entrance of the temple and go to the Nymphaeum (right).

Nymphaeum. The two-story monumental facade of the fountain is elaborately decorated; the huge stone pool is also very beautiful. Return to the checkout, walk forward all the time.

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