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Ruins of Jerash, Oval Plaza

Ruins of Jerash, Oval Plaza

Jerash (Roman Gerasa) in Jordan was an elegant city of the so-called Decapolis (group of 10 cities). It flourished in the second through sixth centuries and gradually transformed itself into an Islamic town after the seventh century. Here you see a colonnade or oval plaza, dated about 300 CE. Fortunately not all of this city’s cut stones were plundered and recycled for later construction.

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