J for Jerash, Jordan

Jerash is an ancient town located in Jordan. Its ancient name was Gerasa. It was the site of ancient human settlement as early as the 2nd millenium BCE. Jerash, however, reached the height of its prosperity under Roman rule in the first and second century CE. The city suffered a massive earthquake in 749 CE which destroyed a lot of its monuments.

Today a visitor to Jerash will be treated to spectacular ruins from the Roman period. I’m quite surprised that Jerash has not yet been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO but I hope that it will be very soon.

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The Imposing Arch of Hadrian Welcomes you to Jerash
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Arch of Hadrian, Jerash, Jordan
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Oval Plaza Jerash

If not for anything else Jerash deserves to be declared a world heritage site uniquely for its Oval Plaza.

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City South Gate
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Nymphaeum of Jerash
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Statue of a lion hybrid in the Macellum of Jerash
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View of Jerash from the Temple of Artemis
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