One of the best-preserved ancient Roman sites in the world is Jerash, often spelled Jarash. Jerash, once known as Gerasa, has allegedly been occupied since the Neolithic Era. Although Petra is Jordan’s most visited tourist destination, Jerash, an outstanding Roman city erected there, has had the largest impact on the region.
Today, tourists swarm to Jerash’s huge and spectacular ruins, which include the Forum and its massive ionic columns, as well as the Temple of Artemis. The Cardo, Jerash’s original main street, sits at the center of the site and is remarkable in and of itself due to the visible chariot markings and underground drainage system.
Other must-see attractions in Jerash include the 2nd century AD North Theatre, the Nymphaeum fountain, and the still-operating South Theatre, which has 3,000 seats and was built between 90 and 92 AD during the reign of Emperor Domitian. Many of the artifacts discovered during the excavation of this location are also on display in the Jerash Archeological Museum for visitors to see.