Jerash & Ajlyn, Jordan
Trip Start Nov 10, 2011
33Trip End Dec 03, 2011
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We have had several surprises on our journey through the Middle East and this was one
Known as Gerasa in ancient times, Jerash is one of the best preserved and most original Roman cities in the Middle East. Jerash prospered from its position on the incense and spice trade route from the Arabian Peninsula to Syria and the Mediterranean. Speaking of incense -- while in Petra I purchased a small amount of Frankincense and Myrrh. It was not cheap which is one of the reasons it was presented as gifts to Jesus from the Magi -- incense fit for a king!
The market town of Ajlun is dominated by the fortress Qalat ar-Rabad, built in 1184-85 as a response to Crusader invasions
One of the surprise treats of the day was a visit to an olive factory and the opportunity to taste freshly squeezed olive oil. Making it extra special is knowing Samir owns a small olive farm.