Jerash – overview, seen from the north.
If you click on the photo you can see (from right): The South Theatre and Temple of Zeus, in the middle The South Gate (see second photo below) and to the left the columns of the oval Forum and The Cardo Maximus (see third photo below)
Jerash was already inhabited 4-5000 years ago, but it was as a part of the Roman Empire that the town really got its days of glory. From this period (about 1500-2000 years ago) originate the great buildings, that can now be seen. In AD 749, a major earthquake destroyed much of Jerash and its surroundings, and the city was first rediscovered and excavated within the last hundred years.
The South Gate
The Cardo Maximus – the main street and commercial street of Roman Jerash.