Umm Qais attractions

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West Theatre

Entering Umm Qais from the south, the first structure of interest is the well-restored and brooding West Theatre. Constructed from black basalt, it once seated about 3000 people. This is a place to sing or declaim a…
Viewpoint in Umm Qais

Lookout Point

This viewpoint offers tremendous vistas over Israel and the Palestinian Territories across the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.
Museum in Umm Qais


Housed in Beit Russan, the former residence of an Ottoman governor, this modest museum is set around an elegant and tranquil courtyard of fig trees. The main mosaic on display (dating from the 4th century and found …
Roman Site in Umm Qais

Decumanus Maximus

Still paved to this day, the main road through the site once linked Gadara with other nearby ancient cities such as Abila and Pella. In its heyday, the road extended as far as the Mediterranean coast.
Ruins in Umm Qais

Ottoman Village

Surrounding the museum are the comprehensive ruins of an Ottoman village dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Two houses, Beit Malkawi (now used as an office for archaeological groups) and the nearby Beit Heshbo…
Ruins in Umm Qais

Basilica Terrace

A bit of imagination is needed to reconstruct the colonnaded courtyard of the Basilica Terrace, the western section of which housed a row of shops. The remains of a 6th-century church, with an unusual octagonal inte…
Roman Site in Umm Qais


West along the decumanus maximus are the overgrown public baths. Built in the 4th century, this would once have been an impressive complex of fountains (like the nearby nymphaeum), statues and baths, though little r…
Tomb in Umm Qais

Tomb of Modestus

The thick stone doors of this Roman tomb outside the main archaeological area still swing on ancient hinges. Nearby are the less notable tombs of Germani and Chaireas.
Ruins in Umm Qais

North Theatre

The North Theatre is overgrown and missing much of its original black-basalt stones, which were recycled by villagers in other constructions, but it's still fun to clamber about.
Ruins in Umm Qais


The shells of a row of shops remain in the western section of what was once the colonnaded courtyard of the Basilica Terrace.