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Umm Qais Museum

Irbid, Umm Qais, Jordan
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Umm Qais
Type: History Museums
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

I tend to agree with many of the other reviews, the ruins with the basalt columns are unique, but traveler go here for the panoramic views of Israel, Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights and into Syria. Entrance was around 1 JD / person and you can walk the entire site in less than an hour, but we spent most of... More

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The primary reason to go is for the views if Israel and Syria. While the ruins are ok the only thing of significant value is the temple with the black columns. The restaurant here is good especially the chicken.

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New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This sight is a little out of the way. About 2.5 hours from Amman. My friend and I rented a car to go see it, but once you get close the directions are tricky. It's a really interesting and unique place to see. First off the roman ruins are unlike any others I've seen. The basalt stone gives it a... More

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Grapevine, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Umm Qais, previously known as Gadara was renowned in its time as a cultural center and was home to several classical poets and philosophers such as Theodorus, the founder of a rhetorical school in Rome. One poet called the city “a new Athens.” According to the Bible, it was in Gadara that Jesus performed one of his greatest miracles –... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Arrived at this site at about 315 pm on a weekday. Hardly anyone around and it was really nice strolling around the site which you had to yourself except for some locals around.. However, it is not as intact as Jerash and the amphitheatre wasn't as well preserved as the one in Jerash. Was amazed at the tunnel system which... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Um Qais is well worth a visit. However make sure you leave early as it is a vast site and lots to see. we could not persuade our driver to leave early , as we were used to do in other countries ,not only to beat the midday heat but also to give us time. We enjoy historic sites, hence... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Our Tour Guide took us to Um Qais before Jerash and I am glad she did because I don't think I would have enjoyed it so much had we been to Jerash first. The best thing about this site are the views. They are stunning and I did get a bit snap-happy! Beautiful views of the Sea of Galilee, the... More

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Umm Qais is most often compared to Jerash--and the consensus amongst my coworkers and friends is that Umm Qais is a better experience. Sure, it is farther from Amman and a little less intact than Jerash, but Umm Qais is nestled in the Jordanian countryside, whereas Jerash is surrounded by a bustling city. From the ruins you can see Syria/the... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The only nice thing about this site was the restaurant - otherwise there is nothing of great interest - the site is in a poor state. Needs investment - the entrance fee is nothing much - but after Jerash and then driving to this site it was a complete let down. The kids sit trying to scam everyone - and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Some wonderful plus points: 1. 1 of the best drives I've been on (some wonderful views) as the GPS took us through back-roads & villages 2. Ruins were as untouched as can be & in great condition 3. Sunset there was beautiful 4. As others described, it was surreal to stand in Jordan & see the Sea of Galilee in... More

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