Jerash is one of the main sites in Jordan. Can you imagine having a huge site of roman ruins almost just for you? Not in Rome that is for sure… But I was lucky to experience Jerash in a very enjoyable silence and peace.
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Jerash, Jordan
Jerash is considered by most as one of the best roman sites out of Italy. As I have only seen Italy and some small sites in Turkey, I cannot confirm or deny this evaluation. However I can share that I found the site quite interesting with lots to see. I did not ask for a map but I found the signs sufficient for my wandering. Note that there are no explanation so if you are history/archaeology buffs, bring your book or hire a guide at the entrance. There are lots of them speaking a lot of different languages.
TIPS FOR TRAVEL PLANNING ADDICTS - Jerash
Getting to Jerash
- Jerash is 40 to 1h drive North from Amman depending on the traffic.
- You can easily book a group tour or a private tour from Amman.
- At the time I wrote this post, the entry cost was 8 Dinars
- Here is a link to a map of all the Jerash ruins
- Jerash is a big site without any shade. Plan at least 2 hours and plenty of water.
- The site opens at 8am and big busses start arriving around 10am. So if you want peace and quiet, here is your spot.
The entrance of Jerash – Hadrianus Arch
Departing Amman at 7:15am, we arrived at the Jerash site 5 minutes before the opening at 8am. Because I enjoy photography, the early and late hours are the best times to visit places. And I was the first one to buy my ticket that morning!
After that I made my way to the Petra site via majestic the Hadrianus Arch
Best time to visit Jerash - early!
Because it was early, and people on holidays tend to sleep in, I enjoyed the place almost by myself. There were maybe 10 other tourists, but as the site is huge I almost never crossed path with them. This was great. I was able to stop, enjoy the peace and quiet and imagine life back then, especially along the colonnaded street.
The only locals I met during my wondering were lizards of all shapes and forms and I got a bit crazy trying to photograph them. They can move very fast!
At the end of my tour which lasted 2 hours (although I think some people can easily stay half a day), tourists arrived as well as locals. I met a group of children and their teachers who were very happy to try their English on me. It was fun to see those kids so happy and satisfied with themselves for saying a few simple words in another language. A great way to finish my tour of Jerash.
Highlights of Jerash
My favorite ruins were
- The forum (oval Plaza), which is very wide
- The Cardo, a 600 m colonnaded street
- The Temple of Artemis
- The South Theater, where the bagpipe player was giving us a small show which songs from our countries
To learn a bit more about the history you can visit one of Jordan’s touristic website
As you can see in all those photos there were so many columns!
The only things that annoyed me were the spots absolutely everywhere on the ruins. Hard to get a nice photo without them. See this photo below, how many spotlights can you count?
Views mixing old ruins and new city
What I particularly enjoyed where the panoramic viewpoints where I was able to capture both the old and the new Jerash.
Want to see more pictures of Jerash? The Travelling Weasels have included many in their Jordan Photos article!
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Have you seen many roman ruins? Which is your favorite?
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