Amman – Jerash - Overnight @Amman• Day eight was our final day in Amman and in Jordan. We decided to visit Jerash – The ancient city boasting great roman architectural ruins. Located about 50kms from Amman Jerash is the best place to witness remains of the roman era.
Temple of ArtemisOne of the most remarkable ruins left of the ancient city of Jerash. It was built on one of the highest points and dominated the whole city.South theaterYou enter the South Theatre through a wooden door between the arches. Built between AD 81 and 96 and once housing 5000 spectators in its two storeys of seating (only one tier of which remains), the theatre is almost perfect.It was one of the interesting places for me, where I spend most of my time almost 3hrs. Its unique acoustic feature surprised me and people coming from different countries standing there and singing their country songs and listing to them was fun.I met this little boy named Shahid which I still doubt is a boy. His father left them and now he sells chewing gums at south theater and tries to learns languages from tourists.He made this cute drawing for me and showed me around.
The ancient city of Jerash is located 48 km North of Amman towards Syria. For centuries Jerash was hidden in the sand and its 6500 year of history was excavated in 1800's by a German explorer. The city prospered under the rule of General Pompey, it was known a Gerasa at that time and acknowledged as best preserved Roman provincial town 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 collonaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.
Jerash is considered one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. Within the remaining city walls, archaeologists have found the ruins of settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age, indicating human occupation at this location for more than 6500 years.It is known for the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, also referred to as Antioch on the Golden River. Entrance costs 10 Jordanian Dinar (JD, as of April 2016) for all foreign visitors, which includes the Jerash Archaeological Museum.
5. Roman Influence – JerashBrush up on history! Jerash is a Roman city located close to Amman. The ruins depict Roman architecture. The city has a beautiful amphitheater, an oval forum & temples for worship.