Photoblog: Greco-Roman Ruins of Jerash, Jordan

Posted on June 22, 2011 by

When the Romans ruled the world, they left behind a legacy, one that would stay with us for milleniums. As a history buff, Roman ruins always have that wow effect on me. With their sheer size and grandeur, I find it hard to imagine that they were built thousands of years ago. Most of the world-famous Roman ruins like the Panthenon, Coliseum and Esphesus are found in the heart of the Roman Empire – in modern-day Rome, Greece and Turkey. So it came as quite a surprise to find such a well-preserved and massive Greco-Roman ruin site in Jordan, a country associated more with the Arab Revolt than the Romans.

During my recent visit to Jordan, we drove an hour north of Amman, Jordan’s capital, through green olive groves and grey granite mountains (another surprise!) to arrive at the ancient Greco-Roman city of Jerash. From afar, the archaelogical site sprawled across the hilltops of Jerash – covering an extensive area that must have been the city center during the Roman conquest.  The main entrance of the historical site is the Hadrian Gate, an imposing sandstone structure made of three arches, built to commemorate the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s visit.

Hadrian’s Gate

To learn abit more about the ancient Roman city, visit the Temple of Zeus Museum within the archaeological site itself. Recently opened by a French archaeological organization, the museum showcases columns, mosaics and paintings dating back to the Hellenistic period.

 

 

Another impressive building in the ancient site is the South Theatre, a surprisingly well-preserved amphitheatre that could sit up to 2000 people back in those days. The acoustics of the theatre is astonishing: stand in the center of the theatre and shout – you’ll hear your echoes bouncing back from the theatre walls.

 

Columns of the South Temple

 

 

The Cardo – a walkway that cuts through the city center, typically found in most Greco-Roman cities.

All in all, I found the Jerash Roman ruins to be as impressive as those in Athens and Rome. So if you’re looking to see a different side of Jordan, be sure to pay a visit to Jerash. You won’t be disappointed.


This trip was made possible by Jordan Tourism Board, but all opinions are my own. Read more about my travels in Jordan here.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

6 Responses to “Photoblog: Greco-Roman Ruins of Jerash, Jordan”

  1. Audrey June 22, 2011 2:13 pm #

    This is lovely! As someone who studied history, i am DYING to go to all these places in Europe and Middle East to see all the famous buildings, monuments, architecture, etc that I've studied about! aaaaahh!!!!

  2. Lane January 3, 2012 11:06 pm #

    I've heard of the other areas of Jordan, Wadi Rum and Petra, etc. This was a first for Jerash. Thanks for the information. Its so close to Amman, I wonder why its not more visited?

  3. Katka August 6, 2013 2:46 am #

    I love Jerash! Thanks for posting the pics!!

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