"Gerasa, an antic city" Top 5 Page for this destination Jarash by Djinn76

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According to the legend the city was founded by Alexander the Great (yes, the same as the one in the movie) around the 4th century BC but in reality people were living here far before that.

The city has been particularly wealthy during its Greek time. It has later been independent and part of the Decapolis, this was an association between 10 cities of the area: Scythopolis (Bet She'an), Hippos (Susieh), Gadara (Umm Qais), Pella (Tabaqat Fahl), Philadelphia (Amman), Gerasa (Jerash), Dion (Adun), Kanatha (Kanawat), Damascus, and Raphana (Abila).

During the first two centuries, following the conquest of the whole area by the Roman emperor Trajan, the city enjoy the Pax Romana and become even more wealthy.
Lots of building have been built following the visit of Hadrian, another roman emperor in the 2nd century...

Following this glorious period, the city start declining : successive wars, sacking and earthquake will turn this marvel into ruins...

Located 50km north of Amman, this is supposed to be the second most visited site of Jordan after Petra.
Not too sure why but when I visited it, a friday at the end of september, it was almost deserted...
It won't complain, it was a pure pleasure to wander almost alone in the rest of this ancient city and imagine its splendor...

  • Last visit to Jarash: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    nice tips!

  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2009 at 3:13 AM

    Great photos and tips, thank you for sharing!

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:03 PM

    Nice photos of Jerash! Thanks for sharing...alan

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2005 at 6:28 AM

    One of the best preserved roman cities outside of Italy. Great and highly informative, thanks.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2005 at 2:35 PM

    One can almost imagine going back in time with some of the streets here, fascinating place, you had a great day for taking photos too. (~_~)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2005 at 9:49 AM

    Jarash sounds to be an interesting place to visit! I missed it on my last visit to Jordan but will defenitly go there next time!


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