Jerash, Jordan

by Kathleen

P1010148P1010155{Roman oval forum at Jerash}
Starting out early the next day our guide Oman knew of a place on the way to Jerash where you could get the best “falafel”, which were ground fava beans and chickpeas rolled into balls and then deep-fried, served with a container of a tahini-based sauce for dipping. As we continued our drive north I can honestly state this was one of the most delicious breakfast to eat as you viewed the scenery of the countryside of Jordan.

P1010176             {A photo of me walking with our guide Oman}

P1010218{Ruins of the Ancient City of Gerasa in Jerash, Jordan}
P1010204{Roman road}

We drove about 50 kilometers or 31 miles north of the capital of Amman traveling towards the Syrian border where one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East is located. Jerash also known, as “Gerasa” was originally a Hellenistic town that was expanded upon by the Roman Empire.

P1010170P1010185           {The southern theater that could seat more than 3,000 people}

P1010200 P1010201{Ruins of a Byzantine church with mosaics, located behind the pagan temple of Artemis}

Most of the modern excavation and restoration taking place have occurred since the 1920s, and the majority of the site’s existing ruins are Roman public buildings and monuments, as well as several Byzantine churches with intricately detailed mosaics.

According to our guide the site was abandoned after a powerful earthquake in 746, but in the 12th century, crusaders briefly reoccupied Gerasa/Jerash and converted the Temple of Artemis and other structures into forts.

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