Ancient Ruins Near Israel

Trip Start Dec 23, 2007
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Flag of Jordan  , Irbid,
Saturday, November 21, 2009

I traveled around northern Jordan with Mohammed, a Jordanian fella who also works at my uni and shared the arduous bus ride from Saudi with me!

We looked around Jerash, the 2000 year old, Roman ruin.  It's an almost intact Roman city, making it one of the largest and most well-preserved location of Roman architecture.  Very lovely, though the Roman gladiator re-enactment (with Jordanians dressed as Romans) looked like crap! 

The next day we drove up to the Lake Tiberius and saw the lake and lands that shares borders with Israel, Jordan, and Syria.  Also at this site were the Greco-Roman ruins of Umm Qays, where Macedonians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Umayadds, and Ottomans once ruled.  Later in the afternoon we squirmed the mountain roads to the 12th century castle of Ajloun, an important defensive fortress against the invading infidel Crusaders!
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