Jerash Feb 2011

The ancient city of Jerash in Jordan is one of the few cities in the world which can boast an unbroken record of human occupation since 6,500 years ago.  The new town here is now built to the east of ancient city with the old and new cities sharing a city wall.  Jerash was one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League and was called Gerasa.  It is also one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world.

We based ourselves in Amman, the capital of Jordan, and hired a car to take us to Jerash about 48km to the north.  I can see why Jerash is often dubbed “Pompeii of the East” because of its size and level of preservation.

IMG_0703The modern city next to the ancient ruins of Jerash.

IMG_0704The Temple of Hercules.

IMG_0706Domed audience hall of the palace complex which is the most intact of buildings on the site.

IMG_0708Hadrian’s Arch in Jerash was erected to honor the visit of Roman Emperor Hadrian and was intended to become the new southern gate of the city.

IMG_0716Temple of Zeus

IMG_0714Temple of Zeus

IMG_0717Oval Plaza surrounded by a colonnade of 1st century Ionic columns.

IMG_0723Oval Plaza of Jerash.

IMG_0718Stage of the Amphitheatre or South Theatre which seats over 3000.

IMG_0721South Theatre spectator stands.

IMG_0726The Cardo of Jerash was once lined with the city’s major buildings, shops, and residences.

IMG_0727Temple of Artemis

IMG_0731The Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis.

IMG_0736Corinthian columns.

IMG_0737North Theatre which is an intimate theatre seating 800.


IMG_0743Stairs to the Nymphaeum

IMG_0747The Nymphaeum or monumental fountain of Jerash



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