Pompeii of the Middle East

Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
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Trip End Jan 20, 2013


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Friday, December 21, 2012

About 1 hour drive from Amman is an ancient city of ruins called Jerash.  I am coming to the end of my 10 months of traveling and have seen hundreds of sites of ruins and a lot of them are looking the same, but Jerash actually was quite impressive.  The ruins were destroyed during an earthquake in about 750 AD and buried.  They began excavation again in the 1800s.  There were several entrances to the ruins, but we entered near Hadrian's Arch.  This arch was quite stunning and still contained quite carvings of Hadrian.  There is a hippodrome, which was used for racing horses.  We had a look inside here and they try to put horses in there today and let tourists ride around inside it, although, it is pretty much all destroyed now except for a small part of the stables.  There is an oval column followed by a columned colonnade.  The colonnade is still quite impressive.  It must have been a 5 minutes walk of old ancient columned pillars.   There are still a lot of other ruins in this area, but they are destroyed.  Jordan is very much focused on the tourist site of Petra, but I would recommend anyone that comes here to come to Jerash.  I enjoyed it and although I have seen a lot of ruins, it was quite amazing.  It is compared to Pompeii of the Middle East.  
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