Ajloun, Um Qais, Jerash
Trip Start Apr 10, 2011
21Trip End May 24, 2011
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A long day visiting three archaeological sites around Amman. Um Qais is perched on a high hill on Jordan's northern border, right next to the Syrian border and offers views of both the Sea of Galilee and Syria. While the views are lovely I find it somewhat depressing to be staring across the border at Syria for the second year in a row (last year I was at it's norther border with Turkey). I am reconciled to never being able to visit Israel so am happy to peer across.
Net up is Ajlun Castle, a fortress built by Saladin's nephew to defend this strategic point from Crusader attacks
Jerash is probably the most well-known, being the site of one of the most important and best-preserved Greco-Roman city, Gerasa. The stone road through the city remains and it's an eerie sensation to be walking on the same stones as the Romans.