Postcard From Jordan

Oval Plaza in Jerash

The 1st century Oval Plaza and the colonnaded Cardo Maximus (main street) of the Roman city of Jerash as viewed from the temple of Zeus. The new city in the background is a striking contrast.

Many thanks to the Jordan Tourism Board for making this post possible. 

While you are here, do take the time to read the history and legends of another historical monument on the Kings Highway.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

31 thoughts on “Postcard From Jordan

  1. A stunning capture, Madhu. I didn’t really understand just how huge those colonnades were until I compared them to the size of people standing in the plaza – that is mind-boggling to think the column shafts are carved from a single piece of stone!

    1. Thanks Niranjan. I made particular effort to capture this shot since I missed it the last time.

  2. Brilliant capture showing the contrasting feature of the city!

    1. Thank you. Its amazing that the site has escaped vandalism and graffiti despite being so close to the modern city!

    1. Thank you for your visit and comment. I certainly will when I have had time to catch my breath!

  3. At last you’re visiting somewhere I’ve been. her ash was where I saw the marks of chariot wheels in the pavement, and felt the continuity of history.

    1. That plaza is an iconic landmark of Jerash Ian. I failed to capture a good enough shot on my last visit, so I made it a point to climb to the very top to get this panoramic view this time.

    1. Thats the modern city, an extension of the old and also called Jerash. It does feel strange to see the new and old in such close proximity to each other.

      1. You have the old and new side by side in India, though. Here in Los Angeles, old is a a couple of weeks.

  4. Nice picture Madhu brings to life the ancient past in the Roman era. Wow I have been missing a lot and will catch up. Regards.

      1. Madhu don’t I know? 😀 you blog is so educative and informative and replete with great photography. Thanks for the acknowledgement but between blogger friends we understand each other. 😉

    1. It is Mary. I got goose bumps thinking of all the ancient footsteps that I was retracing across that Plaza!

    1. Thank you Divya! The colosseum is an amphitheatre while this is the city square. The hippodrome where chariot races were held was huge as well but not as impressively preserved.

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