Jerash – Jordan

posted Dec 29, 2010, 8:36 AM by Darren Cannell   [ updated Dec 29, 2010, 9:14 AM ]
Put this place on your bucket list if you enjoy history.  This place is amazing and it is a huge site to see which takes about 3 to 4 hours to view the main areas.  Jerash’s history is quite interesting and in its heyday it must have been an absolutely beautiful city.  Dax and I were just awestruck at how beautiful it still is, with its umpteen amount of columns.  It is a short drive under an hour from Amman the capital of Jordan. 
 Apparently it is one of the largest and most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside of Italy.  Personally I had never seen anything this interesting in Italy and that is my opinion.  The ornate gates and colonnades are in exceptional condition.  I must have taken 150 pictures of this site and it was only 8 JOD to get into.  Hadrian the guy who built Hadrian’s Wall was responsible for making this city come alive for in 129 AD he visited its walls and they ended up building the main gate in his honour – Hadrian’s Gate.

There are two amphitheatres on site and the main one has a sweet spot on the floor where many speakers must have spoken to the large crowds because it is worn right into the rock.  When you stand there and speak it is like your voice is transcended to a loud speaker and it actually reverberates in your throat.  You whisper and it projects loudly, you speak assertively and the whole crowd hears.  The acoustics of this 2000 year old theatre are amazing, how did they build something like this back then?  I did not even need a microphone.  Others were picking up on the sweet spot due to our excitement and then they had to take their turn. 
Personally I could have stayed another 2 hours or so but Darren gets a bit bored with all of this exciting history.