Temple of Zeus in Jerash, Jordan.

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Upper Temple of Zeus


Though most of it has collapsed, this temple has imposing 15m-high columns that are some of Jerash's most dramatic. The thick walls of the sanctum still stand, giving a clear view of how the original temple would have looked in its prime.

The tumble of columns in front of the temple speak to the destructive power of the earthquake that levelled Jerash in the 8th century.

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Nearby Jerash attractions

1. Lookout

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Near the South Theatre, this viewpoint offers a panorama of the forum and beyond – one of the first opportunities to truly take in the size of Jerash.

2. Temple of Zeus

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Built in AD 162 over the remains of an earlier Roman temple, the Temple of Zeus was once approached by a magnificent stairway leading from the temenos …

3. Vaulted Gallery

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The vaulted passageway under the courtyard of the Temple of Zeus is a good starting point in Jerash's ancient city. When your eyes become accustomed to…

4. South Theatre

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As you enter the South Theatre through a wooden door between the arches, there’s little to suggest the treasure encased by the plain exterior. But then…

5. South Gate

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Two hundred metres north of the hippodrome is the imposing South Gate, which was likely constructed in AD 130 and originally served as one of four…

6. Forum

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Whatever the light and whatever the weather, the forum, with its organ-pipe columns arranged around an unusual oval-shaped plaza, is always breathtaking…

7. Museum

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Before you finish exploring ancient Jerash, visit this compact museum and visitor centre just above the forum. It houses a small but worthwhile selection…

8. Agora

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On the western side of the cardo maximus is the agora, where people gathered for public meetings around the central fountain.