I'm not sure how to review such an amazing, sprawling majestic site as the Ruins at Jerash in one review. Suffice to say they are unmissable and one of the finest Roman ruins in the world.
As the guide we had said, Jerash is to Jordan what Pompeii is to Italy.
The site is largely unexcavated, only 30% or so, but what you see here in all its splendour hint at some of the treasures that will be revealed over time.
The Forum is amazing with its oval shape, limestone flagstone and stunning rows of ionic columns.
The Temple of Artemis with its gorgeous sandstone columns is another highlight
The Hippodrome used to hold 15,000 but is now one of the sites most in need of continued restoration.
The North Theatre, the smaller of the two in the complex, is a gem. It's really well preserved despite earthquake damage and is a lovely place to sit. Theres a wooden stage for you to sample the acoustics.
The South Theatre is absolutely vast and the acoustics are amazing. Stand in the groove in the centre of the stage and hear it off yourself. For me this theatre was the highlight of Jerash.
Check out the amazing mosaics in the ruins of the Church of St Cosmos and Damianus and take your time strolling along the 800m long colonise lined main thoroughfare the Cardo Maximus.
Set aside 3 or 4 hours at least for Jerash and go early as it gets very hot as the sun climbs the sky. If you go early you gave the place much more to yourself too.
A spellbinding amazing gem of a place. One of the highlights of my trip to Jordan.