The small country of Jordan, in the Middle East, is well known for it’s hospitality, culture and historical sights. From an archaeological perspective Jordan contains some of the most spectacular sites in the world including the world renowned tourist attraction that boasts over 500,000 visitors each year: Petra.
On this occasion I want to talk about the beautiful and historical aincient city of Jerash.
Jerash جرش is an aincient city located in the north of Jordan, only 48 kilometres north of Jordan’s capital city, Amman. Otherwise known as ‘the Pompeii of the East’, Jerash serves as a fantastic day trip for both adults and children.
The city of Jerash dates back to the Neolithic times and incredibly rare ruins and artifacts have been found which have dated back to roughly 7500 BC. The current site of the old city of Jerash includes beautifully preserved ruins of places of worship and other buildings from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Muslim periods.
When visiting Jerash you should wear sensible footwear; if you wish to see the whole site you will need to do a lot of walking.
Take a good camera with you; Jerash is an ideal location to photograph.
In the Roman theatre, two or three men will usually be ready to play wonderful traditional Jordanian songs as you walk in. The men will be happy to play songs for you, just be prepared to provide them with a tip afterwards as this is a cultural expectation.
Before going to Jerash, read about the history of the site, so that you can spend your time admiring the beauty of the ruins.
I would advise that you take water and snacks, just be sure to clear up after yourselves.