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Long time I’ve not posted a photo here. But I has closely been following the activities.
Just to show my face I’ve decided to post some photos from my past and also present travels around the globe.
This photo is from famous Roman City of Jerash situated around 50 km (one hour drive) north of Amman, the Jordan capital city and just 85 km south of Syrian boundary.
Jerash is the site of the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa. Ancient Greek inscriptions from the city establish the foundation of the city as being by Alexander the Great who settled aged Macedonian soldiers there. This took place during the spring of 331 BC.
Recent excavations show that Jerash was already inhabited during the Bronze Age (3200 BC - 1200 BC).
After the Roman conquest in 63 BC, Jerash and the land surrounding it were annexed by the Roman Province of Syria. In AD 90, Jerash was absorbed into the Roman province of Arabia, which included the city of Philadelphia (modern day Amman). The Romans ensured security and peace in this area, which enabled its people to devote their efforts and time to economic development and encouraged civic building activity.
The Emperor Hadrian visited Jerash in AD 129-130. The triumphal arch (or Arch of Hadrian) was built to celebrate his visit. A remarkable Latin inscription records a religious dedication set up by members of the imperial mounted bodyguard wintering there.
The city finally reached a size of about 800,000 square meters within its walls. The Persian invasion in AD 614 caused the rapid decline of Jerash. However, the city continued to flourish during the Umayyad Period, as shown by recent excavations. In AD 749, a major earthquake destroyed much of Jerash and its surroundings.
Today Jerash is one of the major tourist attractions in Jordan.

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