Sites of Roman antiquity in Jerash

Just under an hour north of Amman, Gerash (top, now part of the modern city of Jerash) was one of the most important and prosperous cities of Graeco-Roman antiquity, founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. Once encircled by a doughty wall, it’s home to a forum, baths, a hippodrome, gorgeous private houses, markets, and shops. Emperors Hadrian and Trajan visited and were each honoured with a triumphal arch. Read more about other Jordanian treasures in our post Beyond Petra: 5 Dramatic Desert Treasures of Jordan.

(HildaWeges Photography)


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