In my opinion, the best direction for a day trip from Amman is north, to see the beautiful ruins of Jerash. It takes less than an hour to get there and you can spend easily a few hours exploring. You can imagine yourself living back in the Roman days wandering through this ancient city that is surprisingly well preserved. And compared to Rome, there are way less tourists around.

One of my favourite places in Jordan – Jerash

Jerash was one of my favourite places in Jordan, but it is really hard to put that experience into words. So I am just going to let the photos speak. I was lucky to have been there for a gorgeous sunset, but see for yourself!

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The main street in Jerash, city of 1000 columns
Jerasa, Jordan, columns, sunset, beautiful Roman ruins
Interesting fact: you can put the end of a spoon between the base and the column and see how the column moves constantly. In a way, this is a built-in earthquake safety feature and possibly the reason why so many of them are still standing.
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For the first half hour, these were the only people I met.
Jerash, Jordan, beautiful Roman ruins, favourite city in Jordan
I love how you can find all these little details everywhere, if you take the time to look.
Jerash, Jordan, beautiful Roman ruins, favourite city in Jordan, Roman theatre
The north theatre can seat around 1.500 people. They host a music festival every summer with local bands in the south theatre and international artists in the north one. Would be awesome to attend, don’t you think?

And some more photos, just because Jerash is so beautiful:

Jerash, Jordan, beautiful Roman ruins, favourite city in Jordan
The road seems endless. In some places you could see the traces of wheels going down the road for years and years.
Jerash, Jordan, beautiful Roman ruins, favourite city in Jordan
After the big earthquake, the new city was built on the other side of the river. This is probably the reason, why the site is still this big and basically untouched.
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The Nymphaeum. There used to be statues of nymphs in all the little nooks and water running down the walls. The water ways were destroyed by the earthquake though.
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Not quite sure what this hexagonal structure used to be. But the symmetry was stunning…
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Old and older…
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The temple of Artemis, one of the best-preserved structures in Jerash. Artemis was the goddess of hunting and protecting girls and women. There should be temples for her everywhere, right?

Not enough yet? Well, me neither, here are some more photos of the Roman ruins in Jerash

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The great oval square really impressed me. I keep wondering what they used it for and what it would have been like to be there on a busy Saturday morning.
Jerash, Jordan, beautiful Roman ruins, favourite city in Jordan
At the top of the stairs, you can find a cute little water fountain in the wall.
Jerash, Jordan, beautiful Roman ruins, favourite city in Jordan
The view from the south theatre over the old and new city of Jerash is pretty awesome.
Jerash, Jordan, beautiful Roman ruins, favourite city in Jordan
The city is also called “City of 1000 columns”, I didn’t count, but I don’t think they are far off.
Jerash, Jordan, beautiful Roman ruins, favourite city in Jordan
Aaaaand, the sun is gone, time to leave.

I hope I could inspire you with these pictures to go and visit Jerash and its beautiful Roman ruins. If you need more inspiration for a trip to Jordan, check out my one-week itinerary, my ultimate guide to Jordan and my post on useful tips when travelling to Jordan.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Eva, How did you travel to Jerash – public transport, rental car, tour group? Would love to know as I’m interested in a day trip to Jerash from Amman. Many thanks.

    • Hi Hazel,
      I had a private driver and went on a daytrip to Umm Qais, Ajloun and Jerash. We only just made it back to Jerash in time for sunset, so I recommend either only going there from Amman or skipping Ajloun.

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