The capital and largest city of the state of Jordan is the urban metropolis of Ammam. Located towards the Northwest region of Jordan, Amman serves as the centre of political, economic and cultural life in Jordan. This rapidly developing metropolis is also popular amongst tourists due to its unique ‘westernized’ lifestyle, thriving nightlife, bustling malls and shopping districts, and cultural attractions.
Located 40km away from Ammam is the city of Jerash, the capital city of the Jerash Governorate in Jordan. Jerash is a city with an immense heritage which can best be witnessed through the ancient ruins that can be found here. Symbolic of the existence of a former empire, these ruins are rich in history and speak volumes of the legendary history of this city.
Historians have stated that Jerash was first inhabited 6,500 years ago, and has been influenced by various conquering empires ever since. The first foreign influence on Jerash was from the Greeks; however the first dominant influence came in 63BC when the Roman Empire conquered the city. Thereafter the city was influenced by Christianity under the Holy Roman Empire, until in the 7th Century when it was invaded by Persians and was thus influenced by Islam.
The story of the city of Jerash can be witnessed through its relics, as they portray influences of all the chapters of its history. The stunning Roman architecture of these ruins is simply breathtaking, as they have withstood the test of time and still stand proud. Some of the highlights of the ruins here include the magnificent Corinthian Column, the grand Temple of Artemis, the Jerash Nymphaeum, the Jerash Hippodrome, as well as beautifully constructed stone forums, the Arch of Hadrian, and the Northern Tetrapylon. Therefore if you are interested in ancient architecture and history, then a visit to these ancient ruins is sure to be a treat!
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Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.