A Small Detail: Vaulting under Stairs

Jerash in Jordan is the site of one of the most spectacular collection of Ancient Roman ruins. You literally have to see it to believe it. Whether it is the Arch of Hadrian, the grand Oval Plaza, the richly colonnaded street or the temple of Artemis.

The Hippodrome  that survives in Jordan is one of the largest that still exists in the world. They actually recreate real chariot races there that you can pay to watch. There are still sections from the old seating that are available.

What is really fascinating is to see how the stairs were built. You would think that they would just pile up earth or other construction material to build the stairs but these stairs have stepped vaults under them. The spacing under the vaults probably served as shopfronts in the old Roman times.

Hippodrome at Jerash
Seating Stairs with Vaulting Underneath
Looking at it from the inside

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    Tiny details that speak big… Romans for you.
    When I first instant I read the title, I read it as ‘Vaulting under stars’! Which I guess is also true about your last photo!!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Ha ha! Stairs stars – all the same 🙂

  2. Once again, beautiful pictures!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you- I’m glad you liked them!

  3. nivs24 says:

    It’s amazing how structures got built without modern machinery.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      It really is!

  4. Nirmala says:

    Amazing facts!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:


    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks for visiting and for your comment!

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