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Roman ruins of Jerash
Jerash Governate, Jordan|
The remarkably well-preserved remains of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa – today known as Jerash – lie 48km north of Amman.
Jerash was a Greek city in the third century BC and became a wealthy city under Roman rule. After falling into decline, the city was eventually buried by sands until excavation and restoration during the past 70 years unearthed the remains of some magnificently preserved buildings. Evokes powerful ghosts of Rome.
There’s a Roman army performance with gladiator fights and a chariot race at the hippodrome. It’s cheesy but fun and the kids love it. Buy tickets the moment you arrive.
Getting there & doing it
Jerash can be reached by private taxi, public bus or on a tour. Lying just 48km north of Amman, it’s easy to organise a taxi to drop you off and pick you up when you’re done, so you can explore at leisure.
There are several eateries around the site, but it’s mostly overpriced food for tourists. You’re better off eating before or after your visit.
When to do it
The site is open all year round, seven days a week. Daily opening times vary by season – so check before you go.
The best time of day to soak up the atmosphere of the setting is early morning, before the tour buses arrive.
Spring and autumn are the best times of year to visit. Summer can be scorching hot and winter can be wet.
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