Re-living Old Rome

Jerash Travel Blog

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Hippodrome
Jerash is incredible.  It's an enormous "preserved" city of Roman ruins, and is the largest collection of Roman ruins outside of Italy.  By "enormous," I mean it is an entire city, complete with a marketplace, homes and temples - most of which are still standing.  Ordinarily, I'm not a huge fan of ruins, but Jerash just keeps going and going.  You actually get the feel of what life was like - you don't feel like you're looking at a pile of rubble, which is how I normally feel about ruins.

We had a fantastic time wandering around and exploring everything.   Tourism in Jordan is still pretty young, so not much is fenced off yet.  You can actually strike out on your own to explore, and climb around on things that will undoubtedly be closed to the public before too long. =)

As usual, we hired a driver from Amman, and he stayed with us for the whole day as well as gave us a bit of a tour.  Instead of paying to go on a guided tour, we payed the usual admission fee and had our own private tour guide, who was able to tell us just about everything we ever wanted to know about Jerash.  I don't know if we just lucked out and got a history buff as our cabby, but he was fantastic.

Unfortunately, I dropped my camera at some point and it refused to take pictures for the rest of the day.  What little I have from Jerash and Ajloun (see next entry) was pilfered from Kaia and Damon, my travel-mates.
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Hippodrome
Hippodrome
Hadrians Arch, the entrance to th…
Hadrian's Arch, the entrance to t…
Hippodrome
Hippodrome
Hippodrome
Hippodrome
The Oval Plaza
The Oval Plaza
Really big pillars...
Really big pillars...
I had a bad experience with horses…
I had a bad experience with horse…
Ancient and modern Jerash come tog…
Ancient and modern Jerash come to…
Nymphaeum
Nymphaeum
Miscellaneous, discarded columns
Miscellaneous, discarded columns
North Gate
North Gate
In the North Theatre
In the North Theatre
North Theatre
North Theatre
South Theatre
South Theatre
Jerash
photo by: tj1777