Visit Jerash & The Decapolis, Jordan
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 23 miles away
- Mount Nebo 37 miles away
- Madaba 40 miles away
- The Dead Sea 48 miles away
- Kerak 77 miles away
- Dana Biosphere Reserve 113 miles away
- Little Petra & Aaron's Tomb 135 miles away
- Petra 138 miles away
- Wadi Rum 192 miles away
- Aqaba 198 miles away