9 Things You Didn’t Know About Jerash

  1. Jerash is the second-most popular tourist attraction in Jordan, surpassed only by the ruins of Petra.
  2. Jerash boasts evidence of settlements dating all the way back to the Bronze Age (3200 BC – 1200 BC) and recently human skulls have been uncovered by archaeologists.
  3. Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. The archaeology and architecture of Jerash aren’t limited to only the Roman-era, but also depict the rich histories of the Greek, Ummayyad, and Byzantine empires.
  4. Hadrian’s Arch, also known as the Triumphal Arch, was built in AD 129 to honor the visit of Emperor Hadrian.
  5. The hippodrome once hosted chariot races watched by up to 15,000 spectators.
  6. Jerash is considered to be among the best preserved Roman cities in the world and is sometimes referred to as the “Pompeii of the Middle East.” referring to its size, extent of excavation, and level of preservation.
  7. The Oval Plaza, or forum, is one of the most distinctive sites at Jerash, due to its shape and size. Fifty-six Ionic columns surround a paved limestone plaza.
  8. During the period of the Crusades, some monuments were converted into fortresses, including the Temple of Artemis.
  9. Since 1981, the old city of Jerash has hosted the Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts, a three-week-long summer program of dance, music, and theater. The festival is one of the largest cultural activities in the region and happens every year from mid-July to mid-August every year.
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