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Jerash a close second to Petra on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan, the ancient city of Jerash boasts as unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 500 years.
The city’s golden age came under Roman rule and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world, hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years.
Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, oaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths fountains and city wall pierced by towers and gates.
What to see: The ruins are extensive impressive. Highlights include: Hadrian’s Arch, Hippodrome, Colonnaded Street, Cathedral, North Theatre, South Theatre, Jerash Archaeological Museum.