The Decapolis was a Graeco-Roman confederation of ten cities in a region now straddling Jordan and Syria. Jerash was a member, and today is probably the best-preserved classical city in the region.
From the dramatic colonnaded agora, you make your way up the cobbled, arcaded street, alongside the ruts made by Roman cart wheels, past their shop fronts and above the sophisticated sewer system that runs beneath the stones.
At the far end of the city is the Temple of Artemis, fronted by a small forest of columns, topped with exquisitely carved Corinthian capitals. A short way north of Jerash is another Decapolis city, Umm Qais.
As well as Roman remains, including a unique five-apsed basilica, there are also the ruins of a late 19th century Ottoman village, but the crowning glory of Umm Qais is its amazing location, atop a ridge with far-reaching views over the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan Valley.
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Places near Jerash & The Decapolis
- Amman 37 kilometers away
- Mount Nebo 60 kilometers away
- Madaba 64 kilometers away
- The Dead Sea 77 kilometers away
- Kerak 124 kilometers away
- Dana Biosphere Reserve 181 kilometers away
- Little Petra & Aaron's Tomb 217 kilometers away
- Petra 222 kilometers away
- Wadi Rum 309 kilometers away
- Aqaba 318 kilometers away