Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West)
Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) is part of the Tentative list of Jordan in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.
Map of Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West)
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
In October 2018, I made a day trip from Amman to Jerash, one of the largest and most well preserved Roman ruins outside Rome, and the second most inexcusable omission by UNESCO from its list of World Heritage Sites (after the temples of Bagan).
Jerash should definitely be included as a world heritage site.
A magical place,where, with a little imagination you can be transported back in time.
We visited in March 2014, a never forgotten experience.
I visited this great site in April 2009. I too cannot believe such a grand Roman site has been left out of the list. It is one of the most complete Roman cities in the world and more funds are needed to continue the archaeological work to continue uncovering the rest of the remains which are still buried. The chariot race renactment was very interesting and was a great ending to my visit. I'd suggest you hire a local guide once you arrive there. Ours was very knowledgable and gave us an in-depth overview of the place and its importance. I hope that this site becomes a WHS some day because it really deserves it.
After Petra, Jerash must be the next most popular tourist destination in Jordan. I visited it on a day trip from Madaba, using my rental car to navigate through the busy and seemingly neverending suburbs of Amman.
It's a bit of a mystery why the former Roman city of Jerash (Gerasa) has been left out of the World Heritage List in the early stages. It surely is one of the most complete remains of a Roman (colonial) city that I have seen. And believe me - I have seen many!
Features that stand out here are the oval Forum, the 800m long and very intact (Pompeii-like) Cardo Maximus, and the lovely intimate North Theatre. Hundreds of pillars adorn the Forum, the streets and the temples . They have been put upright during the restorations I guess, and sometimes even pieced together again. The quality and completeness of the constructions and objects is so high that it is sometimes too good to be true. Especially both theatres have been restored almost completely to perfection - I would not be amazed that ICOMOS had something to say about that.
It's a very fine site to visit for a couple of hours, and it would be a worthy WHS. Entrance costs 8 JD (8,80 EUR). The site receives lots of visitors each day, including tour groups from all over the world.
This for sure will be once listed on the main WHS list. One of the most remarkable ancient places can be compared only with Palmyra or Baalbek. You can see complete layout of ancient big town with two thatres, palaces, temples, agoras, stadium, streets, arches, houses and town walls. It is advised to spare full day to see all sights there, in sunny days take plenty of water with you but there is a small restaurant on the spot as well as other amenities.