Umm Qays Travel Guide

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Umm Qays Things to Do

  • Visit the ruins

    These ruins are spectacular, as are the views over the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilie.Well worth a visit and a wander through the ruins.The site is quite large and there is a lot to see

  • Ottoman village

    On the acropolis of Gadara was an Ottoman stone village built during the 19th century. The houses were inhabited until 1986 when the villagers got money from the Ministry of Tourism for leaving their homes, as the site was going to be cleared and excavated. Well, the village is still standing there and there have been plans to turn it into a hotel,...

  • Basilica Terrace

    Looking to the north from the Western Theatre the black and white columns at the Basilica Terrace is a nice sight. The octagonal interior of the church has black columns and the atrium white columns. The church is from the Byzantine era and was built in the 6th century.

  • Western Theatre

    The theatre was constructed in the 2nd century AD and was built in black basalt, a hard volcanic rock. Once the 24 rows could seat about 3000 visitors. The theatre is facing the west and maybe spectators were once sitting here seeing a play with the sunset as a beautiful background.There is also a second theatre in Uum Qais, the North Theatre. We...

  • The Acropolis

    All the area is full of ruins of different buildings of several times, as well as sepulchres and tombs. Some areas are not for public transit, because excavations are still going on, but you can walk along most of the interesting places.

  • The Museum

    Umm Qays has a small but very nice open air museum, with several sculptures found in the excavations, as well as some sepultures, tombs and headstones, placed in a typical otoman house.

  • Golan Heights

    Territories of dispute between Israel and Syria, the Golam Heights start just a few hundred metres in front of Umm Qays, right after the Yarmuk's valley. You can easily see the first of the mountains, and if the day is clear, you can see most of it.

  • Lake Tiberias

    Lake Tiberias is Israeli territory. Is nice to have a view from up the mountains down to the Lake and to the israeli border.

  • The Decumano

    Even longer that the Cardo Maximus, or at least what you can tell of what is preserved. It follows the line of the mountain, and the views of Golan Heights and Lake Tiberias are great. Many columns and rests of other monuments (such as Nimpheum) are still visible.

  • The Cardo Maximus

    A long and in some parts well preserved Cardo Maximo. You can still see the spaces where shops were placed, in the basements of the theatre.

  • The Basilica

    It has the best of all the situations in Gadara (Umm Qays) with views to Lake Tiberias and the Golan Heights. There still remain many columns up of what used to be the Basilica.

  • The Roman Theatre

    There are two theatres at Umm Qays. The first one (the west theatre) is rather well preserved. Rather small, built with dark volcanic stone.


Umm Qays Transportation

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    by MalenaN Updated Feb 10, 2006

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    I had planed to visit Ajlun and Jerash on a daytrip from Amman using public transport, but was a bit concerned if I was going to be in time to catch the last bus back from Jerash (I had got mixed reports of when it was leaving).
    As I had breakfast in the hotel in the morning I was going I heard a French couple talking to the man in the reception and they had the same plans as I had. I talked to them and in the end we decided to take one of the tours from the hotel (only transport), which would give us the time also to visit Uum Qais. We started in Uum Qais, then went on to Ajlun and last to Jerash. It was a long day but we did not have to rush through any of the sites and it was convenient. We split the price between the three of us and I paid 16,5 JD.

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