Finding your way to other treasures that Jordan possesses can be distance intense, but Jarash, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and Petra are well worth the travel time in order to experience their splendor. Get up early! Start moving!! Yalla! Yalla!!
I never heard of the site of Jarash, which is located 30 miles north of Amman. It is one of the most visited places in Jordan because of its fine Roman and Byzantine ruins. These ruins are among the largest and best preserved in the world. Humans came to Jarash at least 6500 years ago, and the city is recorded in the New Testament of the Bible as “the region of the Gerasenes” (Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26)
The ruins of Jarash are impressive. For me, visiting them started to put a physical reality on Biblical references as well as historical personalities like Alexander the Great and the emperors Trajan and Hadrian, all of whom were known to have visited the city. This arch was built to honor the visit of Emperor Hadrian in 129AD.
Although most of the ancient city was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 AD, the majesty of Roman architecture can still be seen in the ruins… check out the Temple of Zeus, built in 162 AD.
Nowadays, tufts of grass dot the oval forum of Jarash, but in the past it was the center of hustle and bustle in the city that excelled in commerce.
Chariot races were popular in Jarash…in this very spot.
Most visitors pay attention to the winding Jarash corridors or
the city’s amazingly well preserved Roman amphitheater.
Imagine my surprise when bagpipers began to play for tourist entertainment.
If time permits though, do what I did and pay attention to the graveyards of stone that have yet to come under a curator’s care. Actually, there is just as much stone lying about waiting for the funds and love to be resurrected as there is stone standing.
For a while, the stones of Jaresh will keep their messages to themselves, but when I got to the Dead Sea, some messages were very clear…..
Here are all the things prohibited at the Dead Sea.
Here’s the honest truth from this Unseasoned Traveler….Unlike others, I did not care about swimming on my stomach or back or about diving or jumping in the Dead Sea. Also, mud bathing held little attraction for me.
So, what’s left to excite a visitor about this body of water? Well, it is undeniably beautiful.
The Dead Sea is called “dead” because its high levels of salt prevent aquatic life from thriving . Nothing like fish or plants survive in the water, but the type of life that thrives near water’s edge does quite well at the Dead Sea, which just happens to be a popular vacation resort.
The resort makes it easy to have fun. No need to bring your own towels; clean towels are available to all. Here’s my traveling companion, towel in hand, contemplating putting his feet in the Dead Sea,
but my toes were the only ones that made it into the water.
And happily, the rest of me stayed dry.
The sun goes down quickly here, and the temperature falls even faster. The setting sun adds yet another aspect of beauty to the Dead Sea.
What junket does Jordan have in store for me tomorrow? No worries. For right now, the sun setting over the Dead Sea is enough.
Come to Jordan; be mesmerized.
Nighty, The Unseasoned Traveler.