Jerash


The Roman city of Jerash (Gerasa in ancient times) is only a short hour’s drive north of Amman and is remarkable for its unbroken chain of human occupation.  The city’s golden age came under Roman rule and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world.

Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal, provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.

The Jerash festival, held in July every year, transforms the ancient city into one of the world’s liveliest and most spectacular culture events.

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