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.
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.
Sun was really bright but temperature was around 8 to 17 degree Celsius.
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?
Didn’t eat here, we had dinner in Amman at the same restaurant I went to the day before.
There’s only the ruins and a small museum that showcases excavation finds.
It is an 11-metre high triple-arched gateway erected to honor the visit of Roman Emperor Hadrian to Gerasa (Jerash).
This is a partially restored Roman-era stadium. At only 245m long and 52m wide, this is the smallest hippodrome of the Roman empire.
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.
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.
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.
This theatre easily seats 3000 people! There was a performance when we were there.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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).