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“Umm Qais”: The most important archaeological sites in Irbid

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Ancient city of Umm Qais,

28 km from Irbid Governorate, in the north of Jordan, lies the ancient city of Umm Qais, a place that captivates its visitors with evidence of the depth of history and the nobility of the past.

Among its stones and pillars, you find stories, written by successive civilizations, that inhabited the ancient city and left a distinguishing mark in its era, as if they were saying to those who come behind them: This is what we did, so what will you do?

The City of Philosophers and Poets

The history of the archaeological site of Umm Qais dates back to the Greek era as it was one of the cities of the Roman alliance. It was distinguished as the city of wise men and philosophers, and was famous at that time by many poets.

A distinct view of the ancient city of A. Qais. Once you reach it, the Yarmouk River, the Golan Heights and Lake Tiberias appear before the eyes of its visitors.

The most important monuments in Umm Qais

Umm Qais was known in ancient times as Gadara, and it is one of the ten Greco-Roman cities (the Decapolis).

The area of ​​the archaeological site of the city of "Umm Qais" is about 550.000 square meters, its monuments vary between Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic buildings.

Among the most prominent monuments that the site contains are the northern and western theaters, the churches square, the balcony, the main street, the path of the nymphs, the royal cemetery and the Tiberias Gate.

The archaeological site also includes an Ottoman village, long underground water tunnels, a Byzantine bath complex, a museum and a visitor center.

The Umm Qais Museum is located in the Rosan House (the most famous Jordanian family in the region), and was originally used as a home for the Ottoman ruler.

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