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“Jerash - Garasa”
Review of Jerash Ruins

Jerash Ruins
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Jerash - Garasa”
Reviewed 4 April 2012

Did this from Amman. Was 1 1/2 hour drive. Very good indicated from the road.
The site is amazing : the cardo, the decamanus, the theatre, the nymphaem, ... : all so impressive.
Gives you an idea how it must have been in these days.
Sadly there was no show in the hyppodrome (winter).

Visited March 2012
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“Attend the chariot race if you can”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

A well-preserved city of antiquity only ~45km N of Amman. The ticket booth has moved to the south end of the site near the shops and bus parking area by Hadrian's Gate. Remember to buy your tickets here or else you have to walk all the way back from the second gate. Check the schedule online for the Roman Army and Chariot Experience taking place at the Hippodrome twice daily on most days, although they were cancelled in March due to lack of visitors. Jerash was one of the highlights in Jordan.

Visited March 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Brilliant exploration”
Reviewed 21 March 2012

Being a big fan of antiquity I had a ball exploring the Roman ruins of Jerash. I visited in the early spring mid-March 2012 where the weather remained a cool but sunny 15c. The ruins did not disappoint with nearly everything being open and accessible to explore or to climb on, making it a photographer's delight. There are numerous tourist police onsite at various locations so safety was not an issue even though I was travelling alone. Some people have complained about the 8DH entry fee but an $11 USD for a sight like this in Western Europe would be a bargain.

Visited March 2012
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Greer, South Carolina
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“Do as the Romans did!”
Reviewed 14 March 2012

As a person who loves history, this was one of my favorites during our trip. Walking down the street of the "City of a Thousand Columns", I could close my eyes and hear, smell and see this city in it's hay-day.

Visited March 2012
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Amman, Jordan
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“Jerash - “Pompeii of the East””
Reviewed 12 March 2012

Jerash, or Gerasa as it was known in the 3rd century BCE is an amazingly well preserved Decapolis city. It is not inconceivable that Jesus himself walked there. The ruins boast 15 Byzantine era churches and the annual celebration of the miracle of turning water into wine was held in Jerash. It is said to be one of the best examples of a Roman provincial city and has been called the “Pompeii of the East”. The impressive buildings include houses of worship from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Muslim periods. Between the Persian invasion of 614 CE, the Muslim conquest of 635 CE and several 8th century earthquakes, Jerash was reduced to virtual oblivion.

Just inside the breathtakingly beautiful Hadrian’s Triumphal Arch is the recently restored Hippodrome. All the building stones were not found in the excavations, so they were quarried right there in Jerash. Twice a day, every day except Friday at 11 am and 3 pm (2 pm in winter), they have the Roman Army and Chariot Experience. Forty-five Legionnaires demonstrate drills and battlefield tactics, after which the gladiators come out and fight “to the death”. The show finishes up with an exciting chariot race. The show in the Hippodrome alone is worth the trip to Jerash!

I couldn’t help being transported back in time as I walked the stone paved, column lined streets through the city. The temples on the hilltops, baths, public squares (especially the colonnaded Oval Plaza), and fountains are astonishingly well preserved and invite closer scrutiny.

Mere words can never do justice to the experience of Jerash. In ten separate visits to Jordan I never missed an opportunity to visit it, and I look forward to seeing it again very soon.

Visited December 2011
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