The Graeco-Roman city of Jerash (web only)


| May 15, 2020

Often referred to as the Pompeii of the east, the Graeco-Roman city of Jerash was built over 2,000 years ago. Hidden under sand for centuries before its excavation and restoration since the 1920s, Jerash is widely regarded as the best-preserved city of the Decapolis, a confederation of ten Roman cities dating from the first century. The main street still has the large drainage duct, impressively almost intact, running beneath the cobbled road. As you approach the city, you will see the imposing triumphal arch, built to honour the arrival of Emperor Hadrian in 129AD. Beyond the arch, the continuing excavation work has thus far revealed two theatres, a market place, temples and churches with well preserved mosaics and carvings. One of the most distinctive sites of Jerash is the forum, due to its unusual opal-shaped plaza which lies below the Temple of Zeus and is surrounded by 56 large Corinthian columns.

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