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The ancient city of Jerash is one of the best examples of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism found throughout the Middle East. It contains paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, a handsome theatre, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.


Jerash is located 40 km (25 mi) north of Jordan’s capital city Amman.


Jerash is a prime example of a Greco-Roman provincial city in the region. Visit its Triumphal arch, the Hippodrome, the Agora with its temples, the theatre and the churches. In the old streets, the Cardo and Decumanus, you can still see the chariot tracks worn into the lime stone.

Every July, the Jerash Festival transforms the ancient city into one of the world’s liveliest and most spectacular cultural centres. The festival features folklore dances by local and international groups, ballet, concerts, plays, opera, popular singers and sales of traditional handicrafts, all in the brilliantly floodlit dramatic surroundings of the Jerash ruins.

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