Photographer's Note

My three latest posts on TE showed the ancient city of Petra in southern Jordan in September 1995. This is NOT Petra, but Jerash in the far north of the country, about 50 km north of the capital Amman.

Jerash is almost as old as Petra, founded a few hundred years before our time. It flourished under Greek and Roman rule as a center for the trade of incense and spices between the Arabian Peninsula and the Mediterranean region.

The area was Christianized under the rule of the Byzantine empire but was taken over by the Muslims in 635 before the city was largely destroyed by Crusaders in 1112.

I spent a few hours in Jerash, but I was rather troubled by the heat and only used two pages of my diary to describe my visit.

Jerash is on the list of proposed Unesco World Heritage sites but has not yet received official status. Among several streets lined with impressive columns, as in the main photo, visitors can see two amphitheatres, a large forum, a hippodrome, Roman baths and the ruins of temples and churches. There is also a museum.

Here is a larger version.

One WS shows a close look at one of the streets, in the other WS old Jerash meets new Jerash.

As usual all these photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

The map coordinates 32.27801 35.89097 will take you to approximately where I was standing. Just click at Map: view.

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