On the first day in Jordan we
visited a couple of ruin sites near Amman.
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Jerash is one of the largest and most well preserved
sites of Roman architecture in the World outside Italy. Its paved and colonnaded
streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and
plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates remain in
Within the remaining city walls, archeologists have found the ruins of
settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age, indicating human occupation of
this location for more than 6500 years.
Towering above downtown Amman, the site of the earliest
fortifications is now subject to numerous excavations which have revealed
remains from the Middle Bronze Age (2nd mill. BC) and the Iron Age (8th century
BC), as well as from Hellenistic (2nd century BC) and late Roman to Arab Islamic
The Jordan Archaeological Museum exhibits some
Beside the museum
is the Byzantine Church with the Umayyad Palace dome in the background. Three
plaques list the historic milestones of Amman. Farther away is the Amman Roman
To the south of the church is the Temple of Hercules,
today also known as the Great Temple of Amman. The temple was built in the reign
of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD).