A ROME AWAY FROM ROME !
A close second to Petra on the list of favourite destinations in Jordan is the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years.Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities of the DECAPOLIS LEAGUE
.The city's golden age came under Roman rule, during which time it was known as Gerasa, and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.
Beneath its external Graeco - Roman veneer, Jerash also preserves a subtle blend of east and west. Its architecture, religion and languages reflect a process by which two powerful cultures meshed and coexisted - The Graeco-Roman world of the Mediterranean basin and the traditions of the Arab Orient. The modern city of Jerash can be found to the east of the ruins. While the old and new share a city wall, careful preservation and planning has seen the city itself develop well away from the ruins so there is no encroachment on the sites of old.
The Romans are back! The Roman Army and Chariot Experience, RACE, is back with daily performances in the hippodrome in Jerash! RACE is the biggest regular show of any kind in the Middle East and the only large scale Roman re- enactment performance in the world. It has been covered with special programs by CNN, BBC World Report, Al Jazeera and other international TV channels. The biggest British and US newspapers have also had feature articles about RACE in Jordan. Social media and TV covered the December 21, 2017, restart performance which took place in the presence of HRH Prince Raad bin Zeid, HE the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ms.Lina Annab, the Managing Director of JTB, Dr.Abed Al Razzaq Arabiat, the Governor and Mayor of Jerash and many more dignitaries – and a cheering crowd
The show contains three parts:
1. A performance of twenty-four fully equipped legionaries showing their battle formations and tactics. The narrative explains the history of the Roman Army and how the legionaries lived and fought and about their traditions and customs. 2. The second part shows gruesome gladiator fights. 3. The last part is a race with several two horse chariots competing with up to seven laps around the “spina”, middle barrier. Show times: Two shows per day from Saturday to Thursday at 11 am and 2 pm except Tuesday off. Friday one show at 10 am. Show prices: Regular show for: -Non Jordanians: 12 JD -Jordanians: 5 JD -Children: 2 JD Special group discount offers are available. Please contact Mr.Ibrahim Al Ahmad, General Manager on +962 79 527 2121 RACE also makes custom made shows for weddings, birthdays, company conferences and similar. Prices are: In the Jerash hippodrome: 900 JD Outside Jerash: 1400-2400 JD RACE can further offer Roman theme events with Roman inspired foods, Roman dresses for guests, drinks and gifts.
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