Jerash and back, with lettuce.
Trip Start Nov 30, 2007
34Trip End Jan 17, 2008
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The ruins of Jerash are well-preserved, and the organizers make a big deal of reconstructing parts of it; many of the major structures either have been done, or will be rebuilt. I'm sort of torn; on one hand, the rebuilt stuff is less authentic than the original, but it's also a lot better to see structures rather than piles of rocks.
The main highlights of the site strted with the Hadriatic Arch, a massive and ornate triumphal arch built for a visit by the emperor Hadrian
There were a few small churches from the Byzantine era on the site as well, but most of them were still in ruins -- those don't bring in the tourist buck, maybe? I wandered the ruins of (I think) the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, and saw some wonderful patches of mosaic -- mostly gone, but the edges remained and were beautiful. I refrained from grabbing some loose mosaic stones, but only barely.
From there, it was over to the Temple of Artemis, the largest structure on the site, with beautiful columns still standing. I wandered back along the cardo to the entrance and looked for a ride back to Amman.
The ride back was the best (since I survived) taxi ride I think I've taken. I wound up as the only passenger in a microbus, for 4 JD, about $6 (a 45 km trip)
I'm finishing this up in an internet cafe (found a good one, yay!) before heading to my (freezing) hotel room for some shut-eye. I took a cab to the 'burbs (and then two back, because cabbies don't know anything, and/or I can't pronounce anything) and had a meal of... chinese food! Awesome! I was totally craving it, and now I'm full of rice and soy sauce and MSG and toffee banana.