Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Oct 3.  We got up at around 7:00 AM. had breakfast and headed for Mt Nebo.

On the way to Medaba there was a car parked and the bus couldn't get thru so our driver and some of the men from the village moved it.

Our next stop was Medaba where they have the famous mosaic of Jerusalem.

  We also stopped at a mosaic factory where Keith found some furniture he wanted to buy and send home.


Our final stop for the day was Jerash which is one of the cities of the Decropolis.  It is fantastic and a good replacement for Beth Shean.

After the Roman conquest in 63 BC, Jerash and the land surrounding it were annexed to the Roman province of Syria, and later joined the Decapolis league of cities. 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.[citation needed]

Jerash is sometimes misleadingly referred to as the "Pompeii of the Middle East" or of Asia, referring to its size, extent of excavation and level of preservation, since Jerash was never destroyed and buried by a single cataclysmic event, such as a volcanic eruption. Jerash is considered one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Near East.

 Back to the hotel for dinner and the evening.

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