Jeresh, Jordan

Known as Pompeii of the East, Jeresh was our second stop in Jordan. I was very impressed with the size of the archeological site and the quality and quantity of ruins to be found there. This once spectacular city was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 749AD, with further earthquakes and war further decimating the city, it was not until 1806 that is was discovered and excavation and reconstruction work began. The remains of Greco-Roman Jeresh which can be see today include: The Corinthium column, Hadrian’s Arch, the circus/hippodrome, the two large temples (dedicated to Zeus and Artemis), the nearly unique oval Forum, which is surrounded by a fine colonnade, the long colonnaded street or cardo, two theatres (the Large South Theatre and smaller North Theatre), two baths, and a scattering of small temples and an almost complete circuit of city walls. Spending half a day is more than enough to more than adequately explore the ruins of the old city.

The visit to Jeresh was part of my tour, but being so close to Amman, not more than an hour’s drive, I’m sure that there would be public transport services between Amman and Jeresh, making a day trip to see these amazing ruins quite easily achievable from Amman.

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