Sunday, November 25, 2007

Day 16 - Jerash - Ajloun

Yet another great of riding today, Jordan does not ceases to amaze me, today we rode to Jerash which is known for the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa. Jerash is considered one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Near East. We had the opportunity to watch a Gladiator Show, the historical facts narrated were highly interesting, depicting the combat tactics of the Roman Army. Our trip continued towards Ajloun Castle, which built in 1184 by a nephew of Saladin who defeated the Cruisaders in 1189. This castle is considered a fine example of Islamic architecture. It was built atop a hill and protected the communication routes between south Jordan and Syria, and was one of a chain of forts that lit beacons at night to pass along signals from the Euphrates as far as Cairo.

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