Rock the Temple

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

First official day of exploring in Jordan.  Everyone knows Petra, but there is much more to see and do!

Traveled to the ancient ruins of Jerash:  'one f the best preserved, most dramatic, and explorable Roman cities in the Middle East' and I think I agree!  Palmyra was beautiful with the desert setting, but Jerash was much larger.  Even larger and more impressive than Epheses (if I can say such a thing).

Wide paved streets lined with columns, huge expanses in an Oval Plaza, mosaic floors in several churches, 2 amphitheaters, baths, and gigantic columns at the temple of Artimis (she keeps making appearances wherever we go). 

What struck me most about this site, was what could not be seen.  Several times our built up service road would cross over ancient buildings and old roadways which you knew continued underneath, but had been covered over to make navigation easier.  In one particular area, I looked down an ancient street which seemed to continue right into the town of Jerash.  What happened to the ruins that went in that direction?

There were also several areas reserved for archeological digs which had been abandoned. Where they had started to scratch the surface, you could see the start of more streets lined with columns and building footings still hidden from view.  Digs which had been left for a time as there is simply too much to handle.  But as I started to gaze out over the grassy hillside beyond the revealed ruins, I wondered about what still lied beneath.  This area where families picnic and shephards graze their goats...What was there 2000 years ago?
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