Archaeological Museum of Umm Qais

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Mechel P
6 contributions
Nov 2019
During our trip to Jordan we visited Umm Qais / Gadara and surroundings. Our guide was Ahmad Al Omari, a man we can highly recommend. He was born and raised at the spot, so he can tell you all about it and showed us the view over Golan Heights and Lake Tiberias. The next day we went for a hike with Ahmad. We enjoyed this hike very much, especially because of all the interesting things Ahmad told us about nature and the history of the area. Besides the fact that he has a great knowledge of and love for the region he is a very nice man to have around. And if you want to spend the night in the countryside, book a room in his beautiful homestay.
Written January 4, 2020
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kr0elle
Amman, Jordan947 contributions
May 2021
When at the Umm Qais archeological site, make sure to include this museum in your visit (it can easily be overlooked). It gives you some additional background on the archeological work and art that you see in the ruins. The staff will be happy to give you a quick (free) tour, too. Also, the views from the museum terrace are quite nice.
Written May 15, 2021
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Mihaela11
Amman, Jordan5,734 contributions
Sep 2020
Less know than Petra and Jerash, Umm Qais is a hidden germ of history and ancient civilizations.
The drive to Umm Qais is awesome and takes you to places you never imagined.
The ruins are impressive and the guides are very professionals and friendly.
The museum is well organized and the social distancing is a must in closed spaces.
The view from the ruins is amazing: Palestine, the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee and Tiberias, the Yarmouk river gorge, Syria and Lebanon.
It was a pleasant experience and a trip in history.
Written October 24, 2020
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Vandana
Bangalore, India173 contributions
Feb 2019
Called Gadara in the Greek and roman times the present day ruins of Umm Qais are worth a visit, if only for the views. The ruins are famous for the views of the Sea of Galilee & Golan Heights. Because of the location there are great views of Israel, Syria and Jordan from here. For better views one should drive further down the road past the ruins and pass through a couple of military checkpoints (carry your passports).
After seeing the views we wandered around the ruins. There are the remains of the colonnaded street, most of the pillars are long gone. The roman shops along the path to the theatre are now being used as horse stables. The restored, black basalt West theatre is a nice spot for photography . There are other remains, but nothing interesting, at least for us.
Written January 31, 2020
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vikas s
54 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
Beautiful sight … One can see Israel , Palestine and Syria borders .. best time to visit will be in winters so that you can see all the greenery of the mountains . The Sea of Galilee and Tiberias, Israel, are visible, and just across the valley of the Yarmouk River is the southern end of the Golan Heights, Syria under Israeli occupation since the Six-Day War in 1967. Mount Hermon bordering Lebanon is visible in the distance on clear days. It is approximately 120 km from the capital and 2 hrs drive .. worth taking a guide to know everything in details .. they also offers hiking, trekking…
Written June 22, 2021
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333lovetotravel888
New Jersey476 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We visited Umm Qais because it was one of the sites on our itinierary. Surprising nice site with black granite coloumns. The view to Tiberias, Sea of Galiliee and Syria was amazing. Hard to imagine there was war going on in Syria since it was so peaceful at Umm Qais. Recommends to visit .
Written September 25, 2014
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,615 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
Our second time to Jordan but our first time to Umm Qais. Umm Qais is 110km north of Amman. Most travellers go to Jerash, which is a pity as both Jerash and Umm Qais can easily be viewed in a day.
We chose to hire a guide which proved to be a wise move. The site although not so extensive as Jerash is virtually tourist free and has the most breathtaking views. You are in the extreme North of Jordon, the imposing Golan Heights are in front of you, which sits beside the Sea of Galilee both stunning in their own right. You also realise that you are gazing at both Syria and Israel which is somewhat bizarre.
I really recommend visiting you will not be disappointed.
Written December 5, 2012
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Shannon D
Saudi Arabia172 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
This was one of the first sites I was visited during my tour of Jordan. Unfamiliar with it, I wasn’t expecting much, & my driver told me I’d probably finish in 45 minutes or so.

Just after the entry gate are the ruins of an old Jordanian village & a museum, but these weren’t of much interest --- what was very captivating were the Hellenistic ruins outside, with on-going excavations.

A very long paved road runs through the area, with sights having informative plaques on the way, and while there are spots covered with ruins, there's ample place to walk on it. I walked to what I assumed was the end, but that was probably just what had been uncovered though the excavations.

A lot of the structures were built using black basalt, making them stand out from what you might see elsewhere. I particularly liked the amphitheater and a mausoleum --- the former can be admired from the ground, and the latter without having to venture down.

At several spots offer an amazing panoramic view of the surroundings --- at east one encompasses the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee.

There's a series of old tunnels by the main gate, and I couldn’t resist going through one of these, though it isn’t advisable. (Thankfully, I got through with a just few scratches & no broken bones.)

At some point I happened to look at my wristwatch, and realized that 2 hours had passed. Outside, my driver was getting worried, and I had to explain that I lost track of time inside.

Summary: Though not well known, this place is a must-see. Do a read-up on it before visiting, to avoid having to depend on guides. While it isn't as well preserved as Jerash, given that it’s not littered with people trying to sell you information / souvenirs, you'll be able to appreciate it much more.
Written October 3, 2018
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sheikhspeare
Amman, Jordan19 contributions
Nov 2012 • Friends
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 Golan Heights, as well as Palestine/Israel/Lake Tiberius (a.k.a. Sea of Galilee).

My favorite part of the ruins was the amphitheater. While it is the smallest ancient amphitheater I have seen in Jordan, it is the best preserved one I have seen. Columns line the ancient streets, and the countryside is extremely peaceful. Expect less tourists and more freedom to explore than is usual.
Written September 11, 2013
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agchen1
Jakarta186 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
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 Israel to the "left" & the Golan Heights & Syria to the "right"
5. People were friendly & helpful there; area was quiet & peaceful
6. Entrance & parking were free
7. Good restaurant there
Written March 24, 2013
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