Jerash

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.‎

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