Run out of things to say, but I've got another photo left, so here it is! The scenery around Pella is beautiful, with golden, sun-bleached hills and green trees.
The valley in which Pella was built is one of the greenest and most fertile in northern Jordan. I'm told the spring here grows in to a river and never ever runs dry.
In the 7th century AD, Pella was captured by Arab armies and was a significant city in the Umayyad Empire for over 100 years.
But in 747 AD, Pella (along with much of Jordan) was destroyed by a huge earthquake. Only a small, rural community lived here afterwards, during the Mamluk and Abbasid periods.
Most of the villagers left for good when Israel bombed the valley in 1970 and now just a few Roman remains are left of the city of Pella. The large village of Tabaqat Fahil has grown up nearby along with occasional Bedouin communities.