Jarash Travel Guide

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  • North Gate

    The North Gate is at the far end of the Cardo, and was built in 115AD. It marks the beginning of the old road to the city of Pella, one of the ten cities of the Greco-Roman federation (Decapolis).

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  • Macellum

    This was the city's major marketplace, located halfway up the colonnade, just before the major crossroads of the city.

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  • Cardo

    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 artery of the city, so it was also lined with many of the city's most important buildings. The street is wide, and has a complex draining system. It also...

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  • Hadrian's Arch

    Jerash was one of Emperor Hadrian's favourite cities. Outside the main site, and freely visited, is Hadrian's Arch (also known as the Triumphal Arch). This was built as a new southern gate, when Emperor Hadrian visited the city in the winter of 129-130AD. The intention seemed to be to extend the city outside its borders, but after he left the...

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  • Greco-Roman city of Gerasa

    These are definatle worth a trip from Amman or wherever you are in JordanThey are supurb, and as you wander the ruins you marvel at the sheer scale of the site.The Hippodrome in the site has recently been used for chariot racing, and one of the roman theatre's are used for concerts/performances occaisionally.Don't miss this place

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  • Roman Ruins 2

    Part two of my Jerash Tip with more picturesJordan has 8 of the decapolis cities (prosperous cities of the Roman Empire in the Middle East) of the middle east and Israel has one, (Syria has 2) located at Beit Shan, just across the Jordan River in the west bank. The 6 decapolis cities of Jordan are all located in the east bank of the Jordan River...

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  • Roman Ruins 1

    Part one of my Jerash Tip with more picturesJordan has 8 of the decapolis cities (prosperous cities of the Roman Empire in the Middle East) of the middle east and Israel has one, (Syria has 2) located at Beit Shan, just across the Jordan River in the west bank. The 6 decapolis cities of Jordan are all located in the east bank of the Jordan River...

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  • Corinthian Columns of The Temple of...

    The majestic Corinthian columns of the pronaos (front portico) of the Cella of the Temple of Artemis are the iconic symbol of Jerash. Twelve 16-metre columns topped by intricately carved Corinthian columns once held up the non-extant pediment of the temple, and all but one of these twelve columns are still standing, while two are missing their...

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  • The Temple of Artemis - The Cella

    The Cella (inner sanctuary) of the Temple of Artemis was built on a raised platform, towards the western end of the courtyard Temenos, with steps leading into the pronaos and the interior. It contains the iconic symbol of Jerash, the majestic Corinthian columns of the pronaos (described in a separate tip). Much like the rest of the temple, the...

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  • Other Ruins in Jerash

    According to guidebooks, there are a few other excavated churches within the archaeological site of Jerash - some with mosaics - beyond the ones I've written about on this page. Unfortunately, I had a hard time locating them initially, and by the end of my visit I had run out of time. In addition, I came across countless other ruins that were not...

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  • The Cardo Maximus

    Beautifully preserved, the colonnaded Cardo Maximus of Gerasa was the main north-south thoroughfare of the city. It connected the North Gate with the Oval Plaza, beyond which rose the Temple of Zeus, and was intersected by two decumani, the east-west streets. Arched Tetrapylons stood at the point of intersection between the Cardo and the two...

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  • The Temple of Artemis - Interior

    Although some stone carvings remain, the interior of the Cella of the Temple of Artemis is rather plain. This is because the marble covering the walls was removed or destroyed long ago, along with the altar containing a large statue of the goddess Artemis. The only decorative elements that remain are a couple of "Syrian niches" and the carved...

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Jarash Restaurants

  • Perfect meal after visiting Jerash

    Housed in an old villa south of the archaeological site of Jerash, Lebanese House may be deceiving on the outside. Upon entering the villa, the extremely large dining area and abundant staff make it clear that this place is an establishment, and the menu further elaborates by naming a surprisingly long list of famous people and foreign and local...

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  • Restaurant inside the Roman City

    In most tourist hotels and restaurants, there always seems to be a buffet available of varying standards. The food in this restaurant was pretty good and quite a lot of choice.You can eat a lot cheaper if you go to local places rather than tourist places, and I mean a lot cheaper, but this place was about 10JD for 3 courses and I'd recommend it as...

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  • Good Eats at the Resthouse

    I was starving when I walked in here. Situated at the center of the tourist bustle, Jerash Resthouse offers an outside and indoor seating. Basically you grab a plate and load up at the buffet. They offer a variety of local foods as well as a nice attempt at Western style cuisine. I found their stir fry with noodles very tasty. At the end of the...

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Jarash Transportation

  • Tour Bus to and From Jerash

    There is a multitude of tours that feature Jerash as part of a day trip from amman as Jerash is just 47 kilometers in distance to Amman along the Mountain Highway to Jerash Governorate. these tours offer half day tours of Jerash from amman or whole day tours with jerash, pella and the dead sea as a day tour combination. Most of these tour companies...

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  • Getting There

    You can take a bus from Amman for less than a dinar. It's a journey of about an hour or so. To get here from Madaba, you need to get a bus via Ajlun or Amman (preferably Ajlun and combine it with a visit to the castle there). Alternatively you can hire a taxi. For a round trip, including Ajlun, you can expect to pay in the region of 30-40 JD.

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  • Jerash, The Ancient Roman City

    In Amman, at Abdali Station, take the local mini bus to Jerash. The Fare is 400Fils or 0.400JD. Buses leave when they are full or approximately every hour. The Drop off is at a gas station, 1 block up is the ancient Roman City, its main Gate is clearly visible. On the way back just cross the street where you were dropped off. There are are two...

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Jarash Local Customs

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    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jul 20, 2005

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    When you visit the South Theatre is very nice to hear the music play from this Jordanian-Scottish band. They play classic musics and Jordanian ones. It is a great experience to try the wonderful amplification of the theatre!!!
    Another thing to remember of this fantastic country!!

    Music in the Roman Theatre
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Jarash Warnings and Dangers

  • Dodgy "guides" in Jarash

    This probably can be said of just about anywhere, but beware of unauthorized "guides" who approach you inside the park. They may strike up a conversation and start telling you about the sites-- seeming very friendly and knowledgable-- only to demand an extortionate amount of money in return. The tourist police don't seem to mind.It's worth it to...

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  • Salesmen

    As you walk around the city you will be occasionally approached by people trying to sell ancient coins, and other items supposedly dug from the ruins. The guys aren't pushy, and the items they sell are quite possibly genuine, given the ease at which some people have reported making their own discoveries. The problem is that it is illegal, not to...

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Jarash Tourist Traps

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    by antistar Written Jan 21, 2007

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    When my driver told me how much it cost to enter Jerash, 8 Jordanian Dinar (about US$16), I asked him how the locals could possibly afford such a fee. He told me not to worry, because there was a different price for Jordanians. They pay only half a dinar!

    Fair enough, I guess. It's easily worth 8 dinars. But if you have a Jordanian passport, you might want to exercise your right to a discount.

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Jarash What to Pack

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    by Djinn76 Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: You can easily spend one, two ore even more hours inside the site! You have to know that except for the ruins there is nothing else inside!!
    Because of the sun, the sand and the dust you quickly become thirsty!!

    Better buy a couple of bottles of water outside before coming in.
    If you don't your only option would be to buy some water to the local kids. They seem to have water supply in big cans. I wouldn't trust this kind of water too much and I was glad to have my own bottle with me ;-)

    Even more, there is precisely a little shop close to the entrance and it is not too overpricy! You simply have to cross a street...

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Jarash Off The Beaten Path

  • Modern Jerash

    Most visitors to Jerash stick to the archaeological site and completely ignore the modern town on the other side of the river. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I had to do the same, but this did not stop me from making a quick tour by car (we had rented our own car). While it is typical of modern Middle Eastern towns, Jerash does have a few...

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  • Umayyad Houses

    These are among the newest buildings in the Jerash archaeological zone, but when saying newest what I really mean is 7th-8th Centuries, which was still well after the decline of the Roman Jerash. The ruins are at the junction of the Cardo Maximus and the Decumanus.

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  • North Gate

    Relatively few people make it to the North Gate, with most turning off at either Temple of Artemis or at the very latest the North Theatre. For those who do, the North Gate was built in the early 2nd Century AD on orders of Claudius Severus. The North Gate did, in a way, feel a little bit more genuine than the South Gate, not having been restored...

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Jarash Favorites

  • Modern Jerash

    Beside the Ruins of the Jerash Decapolis, which is the maint tourist attraction of Jerash, the buidlings around the decapolis are well preserved and that the City has a multi-cultural population as waves of palestinian, syrian, circassian, iraqi people came and settled to Jerash and you will see these influences when you walk by the city and see...

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  • Contrasting Old & New

    The contrast between the Roman ruins of Gerasa and modern Jerash was quite striking. The modern part was built over the residential quarter of Roman Gerasa and is separated from the archaeological site by the Jerash River (ancient Chrysorhoas River). Because both banks of the river slope upwards, they have panoramic views of each other, thus making...

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  • Landscape Around Jerash

    The landscape around Jerash is astonishingly Mediterranean, despite being fairly distant from its shores, and rather close to the desert. I was quite surprised to see how fertile and forested the hills were. They included olive groves and pine forests. Attached are a few photos of the terrain surrounding Jerash.

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