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A general view of the ruins, with the theatre and the Oval Plaza in the foreground
Two more views of the Plaza
The theatre where the performances of the Jerash Festival can be seen in the summer
Many of the front seats are still marked and could presumably be reserved for favoured patrons
The main street of "Gerasa" the "Cardo Maximus", running north/south in the centre of the ruins. The lower right hand photo was taken from the "Tetrapylon" or the crossroads in the centre of the town, and you can see the remains of the small shops clustering around it.
The beatiful Corinthian capitals of the temple of Artemis. This temple was designed to be earthquake proof and a guide will urge you to insert your fingers between the sections of the columns to see how they sway in the wind. Indeed, one feels the slight pressure of the column moving. If you decline this experience, he is likely to insert a knife, which you can see moving to the rhythm of the columns. A most impressive demonstration!
In nearly all the photos here, one is struck by two things : one, by how much of the original Roman town of Gerasa still lies buried, and two by the proximity of the modern town of Jerash. Indeed, Jerash is virtually split in two by the ruins; in upper photo here you can see "new Jerash" on the hill opposite to the old one.
You can see the remains of columns, still erect, but almost entirely buried. Presumably there is a plaza or other important building beneath the ground here. Efforts are being made to promote further excavations, and to restore what exists. Some of the carvings on the stones are remarkable. Below you can see a stone carver at work on the restoration of a carving, together with a detail of the decoration of the architrave.
I should like to thank Todd Bolen of Moshav Yad HaShmonah, D.N. Harei Yehuda, Israel for the use of his beautiful photos of Jerash from www.bibleplaces.com. Many thanks for this, Todd!
©Ruth Caswell 2002