Jerash Roman Ruins: #2 popular site in Jordan after Petra

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Expectation

Another site containing Roman ruins in Jordan. I’m really thankful for the excavation works because history would otherwise be hidden from sight.

Jerash is now the second-most popular tourist attraction in Jordan, closely behind the splendid ruins of Petra.

Anyway, I not only lost my camera in Jerusalem but I also lost ALL photos of my Jordan trip (taken with my phone) because my external HDD crashed while I was transferring the photos! Seriously technology, why do you keep letting me down?

I managed to save the very few photos I posted on my Instagram and a lot of the rest are thanks to my very kind friend, Lauren Yarger.

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Love how these blocks still has clear, beautiful carvings visible.

The Journey

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Saw this sheep while walking towards the ruins site.

My phone’s clock was still showing Jerusalem’s time and this was my second day in Jordan, which was weird. So I unknowingly turned up an hour earlier to meet Pia and Matt, my German friends.

We took a cab to a bus station (not sure which one but I suppose it’s Tababour Station) and then managed to find the mini bus to Jerash.

Weather

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I just love seeing animals in the open like this. A very different view from what I’m used to in Singapore; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger

Sun was really bright but temperature was around 8 to 17 degree Celsius.

People

A brief, friendly smile and nod from an Arab woman and a very helpful ticket sales assistant who wanted to give me student price for the entrance fee except that I don’t have a student card.

Why didn’t I travel when I was a student?

Food

Didn’t eat here, we had dinner in Amman at the same restaurant I went to the day before.

Sightseeing

There’s only the ruins and a small museum that showcases excavation finds.

Hadrian’s Arch

It is an 11-metre high triple-arched gateway erected to honor the visit of Roman Emperor Hadrian to Gerasa (Jerash).

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Walking towards the entrance of the ruins; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger
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So beautiful and majestic! It was HUGE; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger
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Up close – the carvings are still so visible.

Hippodrome

This is a partially restored Roman-era stadium. At only 245m long and 52m wide, this is the smallest hippodrome of the Roman empire.

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Pretty stadium; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger

Forum (Oval Plaza)

An asymmetrical plaza at the beginning of the Cardo (or Colonnaded Street), built in the 1st century AD.

It measures 80 m by 90 m and is enclosed by 160 Ionic columns.

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Selfie attempt. Had a hard time getting my large face and huge background into one photo so I gave way to the more beautiful.
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Beautiful ; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger
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Before entering the Cardo; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger
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View from far; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger

There were a lot of kids roaming around here. I believe they were on a school trip. Some of them kept teasing Pia and Matt but when they saw me, they smiled cheekily and left us alone.

I’m not sure what happened but from my observation, these kids would never tease me because I’m a muslim, not because they fear me obviously but maybe they were taught to respect other muslims. However, if this theory is right, then I find it disappointing that they don’t seem to extend the same respect for other people.

The Cardo

A 600 m colonnaded street that runs the length of the city. It was once lined with the city’s major buildings, shops and residences. A complex drainage system lies below the stone paving.

This place is soooo beautiful to me!

There were Arab kids who took photos of Pia secretly here. I have a soft spot for kids but I do find this quite rude. However, I do believe the kids were innocently fascinated by her blonde hair and would probably tell their friends how they met their future wife that day.

South Theatre

This theatre easily seats 3000 people! There was a performance when we were there.

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View from the top; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger
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Bagpipers; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger
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View from below; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger

Temple of Artemis

This is a Roman Temple found within Jerash.

Artemis was the patron goddess of the city and was highly esteemed by the Hellenistic (Greek) population of Gerasa.

Construction of the temple was finished in CE 150, during the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius.

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Ancient temple; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger

Ruins

While we were climbing up the hills, 3 adzans from different mosques were heard and it was so beautiful.

Do realise by now I’ve exhausted the word ‘beautiful’. I need to brush up on my vocab.

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Looks like the Cardo; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger
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Breathtaking; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger
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Beyond the ruins; Photo credit: Lauren Yarger

The Verdict

The view was magnificent and the ruins ultimately beautiful!

I’m not much of a camwhore but I kept saying, “this is the perfect place for a photoshoot”, especially at the Cardo.

History buffs would love this place definitely. I can’t even imagine how this place would look like if it weren’t ruined.

Visit Rating

5/5 stars!

Tips

  • Bring and drink lots of water and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Bring an umbrella to avoid the sun, there’s not much shelter here.
  • Take pictures everywhere
  • Model wannabes should wear extra pretty and take lots of pictures.
  • The whole compound is quite big and there’s a lot to discover. I may not have covered everything but most of the significant ones I should have.

Cost Breakdown

  • Taxi to bus station: at least $10/trip
  • Mini bus: $2 (one-way)
  • Breakfast: Free, complimentary of hostel
  • Jerash entrance fee: $20
  • Taxi Jerash to Amman: at least $20

*All prices are in SGD (estimate).

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8 thoughts on “Jerash Roman Ruins: #2 popular site in Jordan after Petra

  1. Woow this looks amazing… the details on the pillars and remain are soo intricate. It must have been amazing listening to the different adhaans up from the hills
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  2. Beautiful scenery. I hope to visit Jordon one day in sha Allah.

  3. Just beautiful & oh you are a good photographer actually ❤
    Wanna visit this place ASAP.
    While reading this It seemed like I was also with you in Jordan,this is because you wrote it so perfectly.

  4. I’ve always wanted to visit Jordan. This was a great mini tour with helpful tips. Enjoyed this post 🙂

  5. MashaALlah looks so beautiful. I agree I love seeing the open fields with all of the animals!

  6. Wow I love your travel posts! I hope that I can visit Jordan one day inshallah! I am sorry you lost your camera and pictures 🙁

  7. Wow love the details on the post! We definitely have Jordan on our list and want to visit it soon hopefully!

  8. Love the post, very detailed and super helpful. Place looks so BEAUTIFUL! Insha-Allah I would love to visit oneday <3 (www.beautywithzainy.com and http://www.spicyfusionkitchen.com)

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