Amman/ Jerash

Trip Start Nov 14, 2000
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Trip End Nov 20, 2000


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Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Amman is the modern capital of Jordan. Formerly known as Rabbath Ammon in bibilical times and as Philadelphia during the Roman Empire era. It was originally spread over seven hills. We visited the 6,000 seater Roman amphitheater in the heart of the city. We made our way up to the Citadel, which shows a lovely view of Amman. Located within its grounds are ruins of the Temple of Hercules, and an ancient Arab castle.

Jerash, some 45 minutes from Amman was an amazing sight. One of the world's best preserved Roman provincial towns, it was a member of the Decapolis, a commercial league of 10 Greco-Roman cities. It was quite an exercise to explore its temples, theatres, hippodromes and Roman baths. Tracks of chariot wheels are still visible on the cobbled stones of the colonnaded street.
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