Jarash Travel Guide

  • Site Overview
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  • Site Overview
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  • Site Overview
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Jarash Things to Do

  • 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 (the 'Sacred Way'), which crosses the Cardo Maximus at a point marked by four huge columns. The 'Sacred Way' started somewhere in the eastern side of...

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  • 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 (around 531AD/CE).... date from almost the same time and stand adjacent to each other, forming a complex which shares one entrance. The interior of Sts...

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  • 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 alongside the South Theatre and, as such, was clearly intended to be visible from afar. A staircase led up to its outer area from the 'Oval Plaza' below and...

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  • 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 underestimate its size or how long it will take you to visit even just the main structures. Imo, you'll need at least half a day to explore it...

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  • 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 with rain when we made our visit to the South Theatre, set on the same hill as the Temple of Zeus (see tip) and thought by many to be the most...

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  • 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 of a mile from the arch: the city's planned expansion to the south, incorporating the arch into a new city wall, never happened. The Hippodrome is,...

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  • 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 surrounded by a colonnade of 56 Ionic columns. The ground is paved with limestone in a pattern that traces the oval shape of the Plaza. It is thought to have...

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  • 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 clans within the city. Many of the stone seats inside are inscribed with the names of local tribes and clans, evidence which gives a unique glimpse into...

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  • 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 site. They are much better preserved than the Western Baths. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I only saw them from the car and from the...

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  • The 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 with rain when we made our visit to the South Theatre, set on the same hill as the Temple of Zeus (see tip) and thought by many to be the most...

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  • Jerash Ancient Site

    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 underestimate its size or how long it will take you to visit even just the main structures. Imo, you'll need at least half a day to explore it properly,...

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  • The 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 statues within their columns.At this widest point of the Cardo stands the 'Nymphaeum'. I'd expected something much, much smaller and was rather...

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Jarash Restaurants

  • Lebanese House

    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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  • Jerash 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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  • 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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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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    Music in the Roman Theatre

    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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    Dual Pricing System

    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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    Water !!

    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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