Jerash and Umm Qais Photos

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One of the many Greco-Roman remains in the ancient city of Jerash. This was a temple dedicated to the Greek God Artemis.

The ancient city of Jerash is sometimes misleadingly referred to as the “Pompeii” of the Middle East or Asia”, referring to its size, extent of excavation and level of preservation (though Jerash was never buried by a volcano). Jerash is considered one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East.

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The sky was ominous and silent. It was such a beautiful experience. You could almost hear a bustling city from the silence.

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A pathway leading to a once Greco-Roman temple.

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Ancient ruins are scattered across this once vibrant city.

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I thought the herd was a nice touch to the scenery, so I had to snap a picture!

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Doesn’t this remind you of the Disney film Hercules? Except, this is definitely in the Middle East and not Greece. The influences are undeniable huh?

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The nearly unique oval Forum, which is surrounded by a fine colonnade.

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This area was once the market place of the city.

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This is situated in the extreme north-west of the country, where the borders of Jordan, Israel and Syria meet, perched on a hilltop (378 metres above sea level), overlooking the sea of Tiberias, the Golan heights and the Yarmuk gorge. Crazy you can look in every direction and a different country is in the horizon.

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The entrance to the ancient city of Jerash.

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