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May 18, 2019 - Jerash

On our first day of my G Adventures Explore Jordan tour, we went to visit the ancient Roman site of Gerasa in the city of Jerash. Zuhair gave a great explanation of the site and its significance, which I really appreciated. In my opinion, this Roman site is equally as impressive as the sites in Rome. After entering through Hadrian's gate, we could see the huge oval forum, the temples of Zeus and Artemis, the hippodrome where chariot races used to take place (an oval track ~250 metres by 50 metres, with enough capacity to hold 15,000...

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Nov 29, 2018 - More Old Stuff

Another fascinating final day of touring in Jordan. We headed north to Jerash, the site of a huge Roman(332 BC) excavation. Over 30 hectares and only about 30% of site is excavated. The sophistication of the Romans is really staggering....the water systems, engineering, art etc....the huge columns are built to withstand earthquakes and are so well engineered that if you put a nail in the space between two sections of stone you can watch it move as the column sways in the wind...not visible to the eye! In the temple pics note the size and...

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Jordan and Oman 2018

Sep 28, 2018 - Day trip to Jerash, Ajlun (the castle), and a home hosted dinner

Saturday, September 29, 2018 Yesterday was Roger's birthday. We had a trip to Jerash and a Saracen castle, a traditional lunch, and a home hosted dinner. Jerash was about an hour and a half drive from Amman. It has great Roman ruins built on top of Greek ones. It was hot, but we have hats and water and we take it slowly. I was remembering my third grade social studies lesson about Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns. Our guide showed us the amphitheatre, the road and the crossroads where you choose to go back to Amman or forward to...

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2018 Adventures

Dec 17, 2010 - Jerash

Jerash is often called the "Pompeii of the East", and is one of the finest and largest ancient Roman cities found outside of Italy, rivaled only to Ephesus in Turkey. People have lived in and around this area for approximately 6500 years. Jerash was an incredible experience. Walking around the pristine ruins and easily imagining life as it existed in this great city thousands of years ago, was unforgettable. Jerash is truly a must-see!

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Egypt & Jordan, 2010

Oct 24, 2010 - Around Madaba

We had arranged for today a private minivan to take us to see Jerash and Amman. It was hard on a couple of the girls though as the hangover had hit a little badly. But we headed off in full steam to the city of Jerash. Here we found one of the best preserved Roman cities anywhere in the world. I got one of those electronic guide thingees and then helped tell the group the story of the different buildings etc as we found them. It was very impressive and quite massive with temples, churches, collumns, ampitheatres and collonaded streets. A...

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Jun 1, 2008 - Jerash, Ajlun

Today we headed north to Aljun to visit an Islamic castle of Qala'a er-Rabath. It is located on the site of an old monastery and was built by Ezz-ed-din Oussama, a general of Saladin army, in 1184. It permitted to control the road of Damas and Egypt. The fortress marks the limit which the Franks could never exceed in the east. The Mamelukes increased it then, adding its square tower in particular to it. It was taken by the Mongols into 1260 and partially destroyed. Ok enough history for now. After this we went to Jerash. Jerash is known for...

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