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- JerashMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersFirst to ReviewOct 25, 2013
For all you blood sport fans out there, at the Roman ruins of Jerash, they've brought back the chariot races and gladiators after a 1,500 year hiatus (check their website for times and prices). Jerash's stunning oval plaza, a.k.a, the Forum, links the Cardo Maximus, the North/South axis with the Temple of Zeus. There's 56 iconic columns surrounding the paved limestone plaza 'cause I counted 'em :-) Seeing someone prostrate and bow to Allah at the Temple of Artemis just down from the Forum is exactly what I never expected to see. It was like seeing someone playing the bagpipes at a Roman Coliseum, just totally unexpected and as it just so happens in Jordan that's exactly what I saw next, wallah! (I swear).
- JerashMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 1Sep 27, 2012
Jerash is the site of Greek and Roman ruins in Jordan, in various states of decay. There are some well-preserved parts, and some that are just outlines.
There's a well preserved amplitheatre where a speaker or singer can stand in a marked, central spot and be clearly heard by everyone. While I was there, local bagpipers were playing. Apparently, the Scots stole the bagpipes from Middle East, the earliest known record being 1000 BCE.
There's a hippodrome where I got to ride in a chariot pulled by four horses, although I probably got ripped off. No matter; I had fun.
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