Jerash (Hadrian´s Gate and Oval Plaza)November 19, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C
After a long drive we reach Jerash, one of the biggest and best preserved roman sites. This ace is truly ancient: its origins date back to the Ancient Greeks, centuries before the Romans arrived. The site was the rebuilt by the Romans in the 1st and 2nd century and later had some byzantine influences. Sadly, most of the archaeological site is still buried under the sand because excavation costs are too high and they cannot ask for help to UNESCO, because they would be forced to make all the people living in the city built around the ruins to move...
We are blocked in the visitors centre for 10 minutes because of a sudden rain shower, which gives us the time to walk around... and, obviously, to get a glass of freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice.🍹
As our guide promised, luckily the weather changes rapidly and the sun is soon out again. 🌞
We start the visit at Hadrian's Gate, a majestic monumental gate built in occasion of the visit of emperor Hadrian.
As soon as we walk through it, we found ourselves in the Hippodrome, a spacious arena used in the past for horse races.
We then proceed to the Philadelphia gate, where we see the oldest olive press of the region. Thanks to the dry weather, it's incredibly well preserved! Abdullah explains to us that Jordan is 10th country for the production of olive oil (Spain is first one, followed by Tunisia).
The so-called Oval plaza is a huge circular plaza surrounded by Corinthians columns. From here the cardo starts and we walk in it to reach the heart of Jerash, where it will cross the decuman.Read more