Extraordinary Roman Ruins in Jerash, Jordan, Near Syrian Border

I have been fortunate to visit Roman ruins in Rome, Naples, Italy; Ephesus, Turkey, and Bath, England. Jerash, Jordan competes with the best of them.

I was a bit disconcerted when I realized Jerash was just 21 miles from the Syrian border, and that stray missiles from the civil war have occasionally landed nearby. But alas, no one has been injured, and the area still attracts a lot of tourists.

Against the backdrop of the Roman ruins, Jerash boasts an annual summer arts festival, celebrating Arab and Palestinian culture. In 2013, it attracted more than 8,000 people, despite the war in Syria.

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“Jerash is the only place in the world where the Roman army, gladiators and chariot racing performances can be experienced in a genuine Roman setting. It is a truly exciting and unique experience that you will want to see again.” — Jerash Chariots

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