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Jerash description and photos - Jordan: Amman. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Jerash.
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The ancient city of Jerash is practically the second most popular city in Jordan after Petra. People have lived in this place continuously for 6500 years.
Jerash is located in a valley surrounded by wooded hills and fertile valleys. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC e., Jerash passed to the Romans and was included in the Decapolis (Decapolis).
The city's golden age fell on the era of Roman rule - then it was known as Gerasa. Today Jerash is recognized as one of the best preserved provincial Roman cities in the world. For centuries the city has been hidden under tons of sand - excavations only began 70 years ago. Jerash is a splendid example of provincial Roman town planning, examples of which can be found throughout the Middle East. This style is characterized by cobbled streets with colonnades, majestic temples on the hills, magnificent amphitheatres, spacious city squares, baths, fountains, as well as massive city walls with towers and gates.
Under this Greco-Roman shell, Jerash stores an exquisite blend of Eastern and Western cultures. In its architecture, religion and languages, there are traces of the collision and interpenetration of two leading cultures - the Greco-Roman culture of the Mediterranean and the traditions of the Arab East.
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