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Top Choice Temple in Jerash

Temple of Artemis

Dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of hunting and fertility and the daughter of Zeus and Leto, this temple was built between AD 150 and 170, and flanked by 12 elaborately carved Corinthian columns (11 still stand). T…
Top Choice Roman Site in Jerash

Forum

Whatever the light and whatever the weather, the forum, with its organ-pipe columns arranged around an unusual oval-shaped plaza, is always breathtaking. It's one of Jerash's undisputed highlights. This immense spac…
Top Choice Roman Site in Jerash

South Theatre

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 you emerge into the upper seating area… Built between AD 81 and…
Top Choice Gate in Jerash

Hadrian’s Arch

There’s no better way of gaining a sense of the pomp and splendour of Rome than walking through the triumphal, 13m-tall Hadrian’s Arch at the entrance to Jerash, built to honour the visiting emperor. From here you c…
Top Choice Lebanese in Jerash

Lebanese House

Nicknamed ‘Umm Khalil’, this rambling restaurant, a 10-minute walk from Jerash’s centre, has been a national treasure since it opened in 1977. On offer are plenty of sizzling and cold mezze and freshly baked bread, …
Archaeological Site in Jerash

Roman Ruins of Jerash

The ruined city of Jerash is Jordan's largest and most interesting Roman site, and a major tourist drawcard. Its imposing ceremonial gates, colonnaded avenues, temples and theatres all speak to the time when this wa…
Roman Site in Jerash

Cardo Maximus

Jerash’s superb colonnaded cardo maximus is straight in the way that only a Roman road can be. This is one of Jerash’s great highlights, and the walk along its entire 800m length from North Gate to the forum is well…
Cultural in Jerash

Jerash Festival of Culture & Arts

If you happen to be in Jerash in July or August it’s worth catching a show in one of its Roman theatres. Since 1981, the city has hosted an annual Festival of Culture & Arts, which features an eclectic array of …
Roman Site in Jerash

North Theatre

Built about AD 165 and enlarged in 235, the beautiful little North Theatre was most likely used for government meetings rather than artistic performances. Originally it had 14 rows of seats, with two vaulted passage…
Gate in Jerash

South Gate

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 entrances along the city walls. Along the way you can see how the Ro…