In ancient times, the Roman town of Gerasa grew rich from iron ore as well as agricultural products which flourished in this comparatively lush temperate region. This wealth in turn endowed the town with architectural treasures: the unique oval Forum, Hippodrome, Amphitheater, Agora, and the proud columns of the Temple to Artemis. The majestic Hadrian’s Arch dates from the eponymous Roman Emperor’s visit, an event which signaled the town’s importance.

Not long after the spread of Islam into the area, Gerasa was devastated by an earthquake and for centuries lay buried in sand. This accounts for the remarkable state of preservation in this, one of Jordan’s most important Roman sites. Significant sections of all the above-named sites can still be seen next to the modern town of Jerash, as well as colonnaded streets and city walls which precisely delineate the town’s contours, giving a vivid sense of life in an ancient Roman town.

Practical Info

The remains of Gerasa are adjacent to the modern town of Jerash, 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Amman and accessible by bus or taxi.

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2-Day Petra and Jordan Tour from Jerusalem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Wonder at ancient Petra and other highlights of Jordan on this 2-day tour from Jerusalem with all meals, transport and overnight accommodation at a Bedouin ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $390.00

6-Night Best of Jordan Tour from Amman: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

See the highlights of Jordan on a 6-night tour with 3-, 4- or 4-star superior hotel accommodation in Amman and Petra included! Contrast the hubbub of Amman ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $781.25

One Day Private Tour: Jerash and Ajloun Castle From The Dead Sea

Explore one of the largest and most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world on this day tour. Jerash has paved streets with the classic ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: Flexible

From USD $52.00

Private Half Day Tour to Jerash

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

You will leave your Amman Hotel and head to Jerash - the most complete and well preserved city of the Roman Empire. Jerash is one of the Decapolis cities of ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

Private Half-Day Jerash and Amman City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

See the best of Jordan’s capital and ancient city of Jerash on this private half-day tour from Amman! Admire the impressive hilltop Citadel and Roman Theater ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.75

Private Day Tour: Amman, Jerash and Dead Sea

Amman, Jerash and the Dead Sea tour from Amman. A close second to Petra on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan is the ancient city of Jerash, and the ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00

18-Day Jordan and Egypt Highlights with Sharm el Sheikh 5 Star Luxury Stay

18-day Jordan tour departing to Amman and returning from Cairo airport. in Jordan visit Petra, Jerash , Dead Sea , Wadi Rum and Aqaba, and the main attraction ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 18 days (approx.)

From USD $4,182.00

10-Day Jordan and Holy Land Tour from Amman

10-day Jordan and Holy Land of Israel tour. This tour covers all the highlights in both countries, and includes all land transfers.

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $1,994.00

4-Night Jordan Biblical History and Highlights Private Tour Including Petra and the Dead Sea

Visit some of Jordan’s ancient archeological mysteries, natural marvels, and biblical sites on a 4-night private tour from Amman, with hotel accommodation and ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $562.50

Private Tour: Jerash and Umm Qais Day Trip from Amman

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the glory days of the Roman Empire on a private day trip to Jerash and Umm Qais from Amman! Surrounded by Jordan’s ochre desert dunes, the ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.25

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