Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Roman City of Jerash

Jerash is an ancient Roman city (formally known as Gerasa) located about 45min north of Amman. It contains some of the best Roman ruins in the Middle East.

Its peak was in the late 1st Century AD. The Emperor Trajan built roads through the province & Emperor Hadrian visited the city in 129 AD.

The city was destroyed in an earthquake in the 8th Century AD & then built over.

It was rediscovered in the early 1800’s & excavations have continued ever since.

We overheard a guide tell a tour group that what we see is about 20% of what existed. The rest is still buried.

It’s an amazing place to walk through.

I hope my photos do it justice.

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