A Jordanian day trip to the Roman ruins of Jerash

By Paul Read (Moderator), a Travel Enthusiast

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A day trip from Jordan's capital Amman, the well preserved ruins of the Roman city at Jerash nicely rounds off any trip to Jordan. Explore temples, arches, theatres and streets

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More information on A Jordanian day trip to the Roman ruins of Jerash:

Author:
Paul Read (Moderator)
Traveller type:
Travel Enthusiast
Guide rating:
4
Average: 4 (2 votes)
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First uploaded:
11 March 2011
Last updated:
2 years 31 weeks 4 days 12 hours 42 min 58 sec ago
Destinations featured:
Trip types:
Cultural
Budget level:
Mid-range
Free tags / Keywords:
Roman ruins, Roman remains, temples, theatres, roman arches, hadrian

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This is a well written and easy to use guide to Jerash. It gives the reader all of the necessary information to plan and enjoy a visit. The photos are great and really show the beauty of the ruins and the surprising amount of things that are intact. I enjoyed the scene setting of the opening paragraphs as this gives the reader a great idea of what it is like to be there.

I visited Jerash recently and the chariot race is superb. It is true Roman cities are similar and if you have been to several you will be looking for something a bit different and the chariot race is what makes Jerash shine. It begins with a demonstration of Roman soldiering and the weapons and techniques they used. There is an audio commentary in English describing everything that you see and it is very educational and witty. Then there are gladiatorial contests, again with the educational commentary, and the audience can participate by voting off contestants using the thumb motions that they did at that time. The chariot race is the final part of the show and is quite exciting.

Leptis Magna in Libya is still my favourite Roman city and it is the one I would always recommend if you only have time to visit one. The scale of the place, level of preservation and intact mosaics and marble really impressed me.

Paul, I would suggest linking to your other Jordan guides to help you get more hits. For example, you mention Amman several times in this guide and you could include something like: “readers interested in finding out more about Amman can read my city guide” and include a link. On the Amman guide you could include links to your guides on Jerash and Wadi Rum.

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Quite an interesting guide thanks Paul, on an area about which I know nothing, so I appreciated the history lesson.
As you point out yourself, Roman cities are Roman cities, and I don't think I'll make it to this one, but I liked the photos and could see the attraction of being able to wander peacefully among the ruins.

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