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Private Half-Day Pella Tour from Amman
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LegalRover wrote a review Aug 2020
1,186 contributions127 helpful votes
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Pella is located about 40 minutes south of Umm Qais on Route 65 and about 1.5 hours north of Amman, in the foothills of the Jordan Valley/River. It was originally a Greek town and subsequently went through Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic periods. Today, the city’s ruins which are predominantly temples, churches, and housing have been partially excavated (emphasis on partially). There are few Roman buildings – mainly remnants of an odeon, bathhouse, and necropolis. Its biblical significance seems to be that the site appears to fulfill Jesus’ prophecy of a city of refuge. According to historians, the “Flight to Pella” in 70 CE represented the Church of Jerusalem’s flee to Pella after the ruin of the temple and Jesus’ followers seeking refuge while escaping Jerusalem’s destruction. It stayed there until its return during the reign of Emperor Hadrian, making it a secondary pilgrimage site for modern day Christians. Pella’s visitors center is probably the largest and newest visitors center I have seen of all the archeological sites in Jordan. It was very impressive but somewhat of a shame that there were minimal visitors (at least when we were there). I am under the impression that this site attracts mainly those on pilgrimages. I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit Pella unless you have time to make a stop on your way to Umm Qais or are a historian or Christian studies’ scholar. Umm Qais and Jerash have more to see in terms of excavated work. Pella is somewhat skeletal in terms of what there is to see. I included a birds’ eye view photo of the site since many other reviewers have already provided close ups of what there is to see. Keep in mind it is a hike down to the site from the visitors center - the entrance is up on a hill. One of the best attributes of this site is the spectacular view across the Jordan Valley.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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CaroH wrote a review Dec 2019
13 contributions4 helpful votes
Slightly neglected in terms of visitors but the unique remains of a city, its churches, tiny amphitheater and ruins that, like a lot of places in Jordan you can walk through and over - although it needs care and you should be aware of the damage you could accidentally cause. While not a huge site, (although it is more or less distributed across two locations) the history is impressive and it is a unique privilege to be able visit.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Joy wrote a review Nov 2019
Amman, Jordan149 contributions9 helpful votes
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Pella is tucked in the valley near a spring. It’s believed this city was home to early believers who fled persecution in Jerusalem soon after the time of Christ. Enjoy the mini amphitheater, the church, and just the quiet setting. It’s a nice drive from Um Qais.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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tlessio wrote a review Sep 2019
Selvazzano Dentro, Italy189 contributions64 helpful votes
This archaeoligical site is definitely out of ordinary tourist routes, but affording the trip to arrive there definitely worths. All the site has an intense atmosphere. Staff at the visitor center is very friendly. Pella can be added in an 1 day tour from Amman comprehending both Umm Qais both Jerash.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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GlobalStaci wrote a review May 2019
Baltimore, Maryland1,213 contributions233 helpful votes
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I'd say if you are anywhere near Pella, definitely go see the ruins there. This was one of ancient Rome's Decapolis cities and it's beautiful and full of history and mystery. I enjoyed most having the place all to ourselves. Enjoy a picnic lunch or snacks under the shade of the trees at the base of the entry.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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