The city of Jerash, Jordan, derived its name from the ancient Roman city of Gerasa, around the ruins of which the modern day city is built. The remains of Gerasa is considered one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the near East.
Gerasa was established after the Romans conquered the region in 63 BC and for the following almost 700 years grew and flourished under the security and peace provided by the Romans. The area inside its walls grew to approximately 8 square kilometres, which is indicative of its importance as a political and trading centre to the Romans. This period of prosperity, however, turned with the Persian invasion of 614 AD after which the city and surrounding areas went into decline.
The ruins of Gerasa are truly impressive and rank as the second most popular tourist attraction in Jordan after the ancient city of Petra. Included in the ruins are:
• A triumphal arch built in memory of a visit to Gerasa by the Emperor Hadrian in 130 AD.
• A long colonnaded road known as the Cardo Maximus.
• Two amphitheatres, the large South theatre and smaller North theatre.
• The huge oval Forum
• Two large temples dedicated to the gods Zeus and Artemis
This image was taken inside the passages underneath the North amphitheatre. I loved the various shades of light coming from the right and left side of the image.
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- Copyright: JP Grobbelaar (Fly) (366)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-01-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 18-200 1:3.5-5.6 DX VR
- Exposure: f/4, 1/20 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-29 10:29