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“Better than Petra” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jerash Ruins

Jerash Ruins
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Jerash Half-Day Trip from Amman
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Jerash
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Better than Petra”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

When you think of sights in Jordan, Petra always comes top of the list but I'm not so sure it should. On visiting Jerash, I was absolutely blown away. This is a sight not to be missed as you can really imaging what life would have been like in Jerash for thousands of years. Get a guide at the entrance to truly understand just how amazing this city is.

Visited March 2014
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“Spectacular journey into the past”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

My favorite historic sites are ones that allow the visitor to imagine what it was like to be in that place in the distant past. So much of Jerash is in such good condition walking around the ruined city is like stepping back in time. The ancient theaters are so well preserved and constructed, performances are held in them now.

Throughout the site, nothing is roped off and visitors are free to explore all over the ruins. I found it to be significantly less crowded than places like the Acropolis or anywhere in Rome, adding to the enjoyability of the experience.

It's a very fun and beautiful place to visit with lots to see at one's own pace. I walked around alone and didn't have any concerns about my safety or feel harassed by anyone.

Visited March 2014
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“Beautiful site but watch your back...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Jerash is absolutely amazing, but until security cleans it up, I cannot recommend anyone go there. From the moment you enter the parking lot, you're a target. Some random man from the street trying to charge you for parking, families that seem to be picnicking send their children over to beg you for money, and worst of all, we didn't enter some of the ruins because my husband saw some little boys with a kitchen knife speaking to a teenager. A teenager later came up to us trying to get us to enter the same ruin by repeating that there's a 'moving column.' Overall it showed a nasty side of Jordan that I'd really hoped not to see.

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“A Special Roman Site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

Whilst Jerash does not compare with such classic Roman sites as Pompeii or Herculaneum it is a site of some great worth and merit.

It does need a guide to make the site 'translate to the real life' of the day and we had a particularly knowledgeable and capable one. It would be easy to bypass the detailed sophistication of Roman life if you visit the site by yourself, but our guide made the site live and it took little imagination to consider life as it was in Roman times.

The individual parts of Jerash have been relatively well preserved and some of the sections are very impressive,

Well worth a visit if you are travelling in Jordan and visiting the main attractions there.

Visited March 2014
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“Fascinating Roman ruins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

I was not prepared for the how impressive the vast ruins of Jerash are. Having been to numerous Roman sites, including Pompeii and Herculaneum, I expected to spend perhaps three hours here; we stayed for six. There are also some Byzantine mosaics among the ruined churches, in a style that shows the influence of Roman art. There is a small cafe inside the site, and a restaurant outside near the entrance. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing and to take enough water. A hat might also be a good idea.

Visited March 2014
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