Jerash is one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East and boasts some magnificent monuments. The South Theatre, the largest and most magnificent of 3 in the city, was built in the 1st century AD and held 3,000 spectators. The Cardo (the main boulevard) is some 800 metres long, flanked by majestic columns and its stone paving is marked by deep grooves worn by centuries of metal-wheeled traffic. The unique Oval Plaza contains some beautiful stone paving following the curves of the Ionic colonnades. Dominating the site with its towering limestone columns is the imposing Temple of Artemis (below), built in the 2nd century AD and considered the most important building in the ancient city.
There is a twice daily show (one only on Friday) which recreates the chariot racing and gladiatorial combats of Roman times, held in the ancient hippodrome of Jerash. For a supplement this can be incorporated into your visit of the ruins. Jerash Chariots.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CHARIOTS SHOW IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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