Ancient Ruins Near Israel
Trip Start Dec 23, 2007
221Trip End Ongoing
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!