The ancient city of Jerash in Jordan is one of the few cities in the world which can boast an unbroken record of human occupation since 6,500 years ago. The new town here is now built to the east of ancient city with the old and new cities sharing a city wall. Jerash was one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League and was called Gerasa. It is also one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world.
We based ourselves in Amman, the capital of Jordan, and hired a car to take us to Jerash about 48km to the north. I can see why Jerash is often dubbed “Pompeii of the East” because of its size and level of preservation.