Roman Ruins

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Me playing pipes at the famous theater.

Jerash is the most preserved Roman city outside of Rome.  We drove here as part of our tour of northern Jordan on a Friday morning.  Jerash can be a big tourist trap because everybody knows about it and most tours through Jordan stop here.  The city is in astonishingly good condition.  Me and Mike stopped to play pipes at the Roman amphitheater where the Jordanian pipers ususally play.  They weren't there because it was Friday so we played by ourselves.  I think that Jerash should become a pilgrimage for travelling bagpipers from around the world.

The main temple dedicated to Artemis is absolutely gorgeous.  It was designed to rise up out of te ground from nothing as you approach it from the main street.  The most impressive piece in my opinion however, was the fountain.  The Romans had a complex method of retrieving water without aqueducts leading it into the city and to the fountain. I can just imagine what it would look like when full of statues and spouts of fresh water.

At the Hippodrome you can watch a show of some sort.  I thought it was hilarious when we walked by and saw a Roman legionaire fully clad and speaking in Arabic.  I wish I had snagged a picture of that mockery.

cmgervais says:
Bagpipe photo:
http://www.travbuddy.com/photos_popup.php?pid=2043333
Posted on: Aug 11, 2008
cmgervais says:
Jerash was my favorite thing Jordan. It wasn't very busy when we were there... we were lucky. We saw bagpipers in the theater and I even got a photo.
Posted on: Aug 11, 2008
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Me playing pipes at the famous the…
Me playing pipes at the famous th…
The main gates
The main gates
The courtyard leading to the main …
The courtyard leading to the main…
Detail on the theater
Detail on the theater
Probably the governors house, lat…
Probably the governor's house, la…
The original mosaics
The original mosaics
The main temple dedicated to the p…
The main temple dedicated to the …
This was the community fountain wh…
This was the community fountain w…
Me buying a reed flute from a kid.
Me buying a reed flute from a kid.
The hippodrome
The hippodrome
A tool for crushing Olives.  This …
A tool for crushing Olives. This…
Roman engineering: Ask the guard i…
Roman engineering: Ask the guard …
The second Amphitheater in Jeresh …
The second Amphitheater in Jeresh…
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