Second only to Petra, Jerash is one of Jordan's most fascinating attractions. Despite the various earthquakes and wars that have ravaged the site, the ruins and relics that can be found here are still breathtaking in their grandeur and splendour. The new town of Jerash is quaint and provincial with winding streets, a stark contrast to the crumbling ruins located just on the other side of the magnificent Hadrian's Gate that marks one of the boundaries of the ancient city. Within the complex are numerous places of worship stemming from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras. Nicknamed the Pompeii of the East, the multiple structures that reside here have gone a long way to educating historians about the country's intriguing past.Read More
Despite not being on a major trading route, the site of Jerash was still considered incredibly important and a quick glance at the various fruit trees and vineyards growing all over the place should give you an idea why. This region has been continuously inhabited for the past 6,500 years and in 63 BC it became a member of the Roman Decapolis League, during which time it enjoyed prestige and an almost autonomous status. This was stripped away when it was conquered by Emperor Trajan but his annexation of Jerash with Petra meant that the site prospered more than ever. Moving forward a century or two and we see the various churches being built under Byzantine command. The turbulent history of Jerash and what remains of it is what makes a visit here so incredible.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Jerash. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Jerash on a bespoke touring itinerary to Jordan, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.