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5 Must-Visit Sites When Touring Jerash City

Posted on 14 January 2019 by admin (0)

The city of Jerash is without any doubt one of the dream destinations of many tourists. Located north of the Jordanian Capital Amman, Jerash city homes the ruins of the ancient cities, which dates back to the ancient civilization. The ruins depict the ingenious architecture and advanced engineering concepts during the Bronze Age. Jerash city offers a variety of tourism activities to both local and visiting tourists. If you wish to learn more about the Jordanian culture and ancient civilization, then the following five sites are your go-to places.

Hippodrome: This is a massive arena with a capacity of 15,000 spectators. The Arena hosts some sporting events, with the chariot races being the most common. The reenactment of the early days sporting event, gladiator battles, military drills, and chariot races take place twice a day. Therefore, passing by the Hippodrome guarantees you an opportunity on learning more about the Roman rule in Jordan.

Jerash Archeology Museum: Situated above the Southern end of the Roman Cardo, the Archeology Museum is among the tourists favorite. The museum houses a collection of jewelry samples and mosaic which have been painstakingly excavated from the city’s archeological sites. The official hours of the museum are 6:00 am to 6:30 pm, but this changes depending on seasons and religious months. So make an effort of visiting the museum to learn more about daily life in the Bronze Age.     

Forum: This oval-shaped plaza in the city center is among Jerash’s undisputed highlights. This amazing 90m long and 80m wide space links the Cardo Maximus with the Zeus Temple. The shadows of the 56 iconic limestone columns create a vortex of shades with a spectacular view. To enjoy the beauty of the Forum, you can always climb on top of the Zeus Temple.    

Temple of Artemis: Standing tall beyond the Corinthian Pillars, the Temple of Artemis gives a suggestive perspective of the Roman Ruins. The ruins depict the influence of the Romans in the area. You can learn and interact with locals or visitors from different backgrounds. You can take photos in different scenic sites within the temple.

Nymphaeum: Sitting on the Western side of the Roman Cardo, the two-story structure remains one of the most loved Roman ruins in the city. The ancient Roman architects meticulously curved this ornamental fountain to display seven lion heads. While water no longer cascades through the lion heads, the Nymphaeum still provides a refreshing focal point of the city.   

Bottom line: While the beauty of the iconic attraction sites cannot be overstated, the city can experience extreme weather conditions, very hot in summer and too cold in winter. So plan your trips to counter such challenges. Also, there are several vendors at the entrance of the temple who sells unique souvenirs, so be sure to buy a piece or two for the memory of the unique site.