Upon visiting Jerash, you can easily see why it’s one of the country’s most popular spots to visit; vast green fields, 360-degree scenery, and scattered hilltop temples. The city is one of the oldest in the world, which is clear once you arrive – its ancient spirit lives on thanks to the fact that generations after Roman rule preserved its integrity and spirit, keeping it practically untouched for 6,500 years.
It all started, as most cities do, under Roman rule. Once you get there, following a 40-minute drive from Amman, you can start exploring the ancient ruins and the nature-filled town. Take some pictures by the running stream and the poplar trees. And breathe in the freshest air that Jordan has to offer. Walk up to the tallest hill and marvel at the best-preserved Roman history in existence. Perhaps the reason it was so well-kept is that most of the artefacts and treasures were hidden under mountains of sand for thousands of years before an expert came along and excavated them, restoring them to their full glory.
Discover and get to know the aged town through its collonaded streets. Jagged pavements, and timeworn columns. It’s the most authentic experience you can have in a Jordanian municipality, where you can envision Roman activities taking place all around you.
Jerash’s set-up makes it easy to imagine a world where citizens visited the theatres by day and the plazas by night. You can create your own story when you come across tower ruins and inscriptions on walls: one where you’re an inhabitant of another world, enjoying the same architecture and walking the same streets as our predecessors.