Jarash Things to Do

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  • Site Overview
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  • Site Overview
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  • 1. Temple of Artemis

    First excavated in the 1930s, the Temple of Artemis was the most important temple complex in the city (its location and its size prove that is the case). The temple was approached by an east-west road...

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  • 2. Churches

    Thirteen churches have so far been discovered in ancient Jerash. Three of them...the churches of Saints Cosmas & Damianius (529-533AD/CE), Saint George (around 529AD/CE) and Saint John the Baptist...

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  • 3. Temple of Zeus

    The heavens opened just as we came to the Temple of Zeus, which explains the lack of photos! The temple was built in the 160s AD/CE on the site of an earlier temples. It stands on a small hill...

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  • 4. Site Overview

    My other tips give more details about what you can see in this huge and hugely important, largely-Roman, site. These are the things you need to know: 1. The site really is absolutely massive. Don't...

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  • 5. South Theatre

    Ancient Jerash was had two proper theatres, one at each end of the city, which should tell you something about not only its wealth and power but also the size of its population. It was still pouring...

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  • 6. Hippodrome

    As you walk through Hadrian's Arch and along the paved road which once led from Gerasa/Jerash to Philadelphia (now Amman) you are still well outside the walls of Jerash city. They lie around a quarter...

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  • 7. Oval Plaza - Forum

    Unique to Jerash, this impressive oval-shaped plaza lies below the Temple of Zeus and marks the southern end of the Cardo Maximus. It measures 90 metres in length and 80 metres in width and is...

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  • 8. North Theatre

    This theatre is much smaller than the huge South Theatre. It was originally built as a 'bouleutrion', a political discussion venue for city officials and representatives of the various tribes and...

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  • 9. Baths

    Located on the east back of the River Chrysorhoas, the Eastern Baths are surrounded by the modern town of Jerash. They can be seen up close from the town and are also visible from the archaeological...

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  • 10. Hadrian's Arch

    This massive monumental arch (a classic Roman structure) is the first thing you see as you exit the visitor centre at the south gate of the city. The restored and partly-reconstructed arch stands 11...

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  • 11. North Gate & Tetrapylon

    The section of the Cardo Maximus leading up to the North Gate remains in its original form, with a colonnade of Ionic columns rather than the more impressive colonnades which line the rest of the...

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  • 12. South Gate & Tetrapylon

    If you access the site from Hadrian's Arch you will enter the ancient city itself via the South Gate. You'll find a small visitor centre there, from where (it seems) you can hire site guides. There is...

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  • 13. Cardo Maximus

    Up from the Forum is the colonnaded Cardo, which was the main shopping thoroughfare of the city. Once a vast array of shops and markets were here, serving the local community. It's also the main...

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  • 14. Nymphaeum

    The Cardo Maximus was at its widest just north of the South Tetrapylon, the junction of the South Decumanus and the Cardo, where four huge 'podia' still stand and almost certainly once held four huge...

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  • 15. Macellum

    Built in the 2nd century AD, this octagonal structure was a Macellum, i.e. a covered market. Such markets are seen elsewhere in the Roman world, including Pompei and Leptis Magna, and most probably...

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  • 16. Cathedral

    Built in the 4th century AD, this church is commonly referred to as the Cathedral of Gerasa. It may well have been a cathedral, but there is apparently no historic proof to point to the fact, and its...

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  • 17. Visitor Centre

    The Cardo Maximus was ancient Jerash's main street, cutting north-south for some 800m (over 800 yards) through its centre. For me, it was perhaps the most evocative aspect of the whole, wonderful...

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  • 18. Temple of Dionysus

    Immediately south of the Nymphaeum is an impressive, richly decorated Propylaeum that once belonged to the Temple of Dionysus. It was built in the second century AD in the Roman style on the site of...

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  • 19. Eastern Souk

    Still under excavation, the area immediately north of the South Gate is known as the "Eastern Souk". Little shops and stalls once lined the street that connects the South Street with the Oval Plaza on...

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  • 20. Jerash Museum

    Located just east of the South Tetrapylon (north of the Oval Plaza), the small Jerash Museum makes a good last stop before leaving the archaeological site. It contains artefacts and other objects...

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