Looking for travel inspiration for your next vacation? Take a look at my series of reasons to visit Jordan. They will surprise, excite and make you want to go there. In this one: Jerash
After visiting Jerash, I recommend giving Rome a miss and heading here if you want to see what Roman cities were like! It is a vast complex that is very well-preserved. Strolling round the ancient city it is almost impossible to believe that it was lost and hidden under sand for centuries. A German archelogist called Ulrich Jasper Seetzen discovered and began the process to recover the site. It had been subject to earthquakes that has destroyed parts of it before being abandoned and being claimed by nature.
Despite all of this, it is remarkable. In the old city you can see and explore the vast Hadrian’s Arch, built to commemorate a visit by the Roman Emperor, a hippodrome that used to hoist chariot races, Zeus and Artemis temples, a gorgeous Forum surrounded by columns and two amphitheatres.
I spent many hours exploring and could have easily spent a full day to really appreciate and see the complex. You can hire guides at the Visitor Centre to take you round and explain everything. There is also a market selling souvenirs, jewellery and artwork at the entrance. This is a real must-see place.
Based on my time in Jordan, there are ten things that I recommend you visit during the course of a one-week vacation. You can find out more on each by clicking on them to get more details, my thoughts and pictures:
- Ras El Ein Graffiti Amman.
- Roman Amphitheatre Amman.
- Citadel Amman.
- Little Petra.
- Wadi Rum Desert.
- Madaba Map.
- Baptism site of Jesus Christ.
- Aljoun Castle Fortress.
Disclaimer: I travelled as a guest of Jordan Tourism Board on an 8-night trip exploring Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, the Dead Sea and other popular destinations.