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Postcard from Jerash

Postcard from Jerash

Things that as a child of California I can’t even comprehend: Jordan’s ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation for more than 6500 years. After it was conquered in 65 B.C., it became one of the 10 great cities of the Roman Empire. What’s even crazier is that it was hidden under sand until just 70 years ago: it’s still being excavated and restored.

The ancient ruins of Jerash in Jordan, Middle East

I’ve been to plenty of sites of ancient Roman ruins, from Pompeii in Italy to various amphitheaters in the south of France. Jerash blew me away, however, with both the scale of the site and the intricate details of each piece. No surprise that it’s been acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns IN THE WORLD. And in Jordan–I never would have guessed.

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The ancient ruins of Jerash in Jordan, Middle East

We visited during school holidays: how cool if this was your field trip! Apparently, the schools are segregated by sex, so this was a nice chance for everyone to mingle–plenty of singing and dancing was going on, especially when the bagpipers played.

Women in brightly colored burkas in Jordan

Olive tree and blue skies in Jordan

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 What’s your favorite photo of Jerash? 

Note: I was a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board, but all opinions are my own. 

  • I loved the ruins in Pompeii as well and never thought there could be any others out there that might possibly be more impressive… I guess I was wrong!

  • beautiful!!! I really want to get to Jordan soon… I grew up in the Middle East and so many of these photos are reminding me of my childhood home! 🙂

  • camorose

    If you loved Pompeii–definitely head to Jordan! Both Jerash and Petra were incredible.

  • camorose

    How fantastic! You should definitely go back for a visit now 🙂

  • Wow, I can’t even imagine what it must be like to discover a city so recent! I really want to go there now.

  • camorose

    Put it on your list–it’s incredible!