The ruins of this ancient Roman city have been excavated and restored, although much still remains under the surface! About a one hour drive from the capital city, Amman, Jerash is easily accessible. It is considered by many to be a rival to; and even exceed; the beauty of the Roman ruins at Ephesus, Turkey. Recent excavations indicate that there was a settlement at the site dating back to more than 3200 B.C. The restored ruins include a ‘cardo’ (colannaded street), Hadrian’s Arch, a circus/hippodrome, two large temples and two magnificent theatres. Along the paved streets, the marks of ancient chariot-wheels are still visible. A well-known music, theatre and dance festival is held inside Jerash every summer.
INSIDER’S PETRA considers Jerash one of the most important sites for visitors to Jordan to see.