The Greeks arrived in Jerash before the Romans did. When the latter defeated the former, they demolished everything that reminded them of their arch rival. Well, almost everything. Today, there are only very, very few ruins that are representative of the Hellenistic period—and the rest were built on [easyazon_link asin=”B005M4P81K” locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”pridecostume-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”yes”]Roman principles of architecture.[/easyazon_link]
The Ancient City of Jerash is one of the cities of Decapolis (Ten Cities) which the Romans ambitiously built in the Middle East. Others were: Philadelphia (known as Amman nowadays), Gadara (Um Qais), Pella, Damascus, Raphana, Hippos, Dion, Canatha and Scythopolis (Bet She’an). In the Gospels of Mark and Matthew in the Old Testament, Decapolis was only mentioned as a region.
The Roman ruins in Jerash are well-preserved.
How to get there:
It’s an hour (or less) drive from the Jordan’s capital, Amman, to the north. Though I’ve seen buses on our way there, the best way to get there is by car or tour buses which can be arranged by some hotels/hostels.
Usually, the tour to Jerash will also bring you to Ajloun, another tourist destination but only few tour buses go. These two places will be done in 7-8 hours and will cost you around 90 JD for a mini van and 60 JD for a car/taxi. So, the best way to save for a backpacker is to gather some people around your hotel or hostel to share the cab.
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Also, check the following links for the places we’ve been to with LAWRENCE’s ARABIA TOUR in Jordan.