The grandeur of Imperial Rome
Only a short hourís drive north of Amman is the Graeco Roman city of Jerash
(Gerasa in ancient times), known as the Pompeii of the East for its extraordinary state of preservation.
As they approach the city, visitors are greeted by the imposing triple arched gateway built to honor the Emperor Hadrianís arrival at Jerash in A.D 129.

Colonnaded Street

The Roman City

Hadrian's Arch

The South Theater
Jerash is considered the best preserved and most complete city of the Decapolis, a confederation of ten Roman cities dating from the Ist Century B.C. Nestled in a green and well-watered valley in the biblical land of Gilead,
the remains of the ancient city have long attracted tourists, scholars and students from all over the world.
   Todayís visitors may wander among the original temples, theaters, plazas, baths colonaded streets, all enclosed within the remaining city walls. Within these wallshave been found the remains of settlements dating from the bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and Abbasid periods, indicating human occupation at this location for more than 2500 years. Nightly sound and light shows through the summer months, and the annual Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts 
Jerash Festival Dancers
held each July, bring the ancient community to life for todayís visitor.
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