Northern Jordan

Photos taken by David Stanley in Irbid, Umm Qays (Gadara), and Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) in northern Jordan.
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The Golan Heights of Syria (currently occupied by Israel) are clearly visible from the Jordanian road along the Yarmouk River northwest of Umm Qays. The old Hejaz Railway bridge visible here was blown up by the Israelis for security reasons.

The Golan Heights of Syria (currently occupied by Israel) are clearly visible from the Jordanian road along the Yarmouk River northwest of Umm Qays. The old Hejaz Railway bridge visible here was blown up by the Israelis for security reasons.

Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) in northwestern Jordan has been inhabited since 7000 BC. Many of the extant remains were erected by the Romans. After the Muslim victory over the Byzantines near here at the Battle of Fahl in 635 AD, the Umayyad period began.

Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) in northwestern Jordan has been inhabited since 7000 BC. Many of the extant remains were erected by the Romans. After the Muslim victory over the Byzantines near here at the Battle of Fahl in 635 AD, the Umayyad period began.

Excavations at Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) in northwestern Jordan have uncovered 8th century Umayyad domestic houses.

Excavations at Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) in northwestern Jordan have uncovered century Umayyad domestic houses.

A Canaanite Temple dating from 1270 BC and dedicated to the god Baal is among the remains at the archaeological site of Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) in northwestern Jordan.

A Canaanite Temple dating from 1270 BC and dedicated to the god Baal is among the remains at the archaeological site of Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) in northwestern Jordan.

The Decumanus Maximus was once the main street of the ancient Roman city of Umm Qays (Gadara) in northern Jordan.

The Decumanus Maximus was once the main street of the ancient Roman city of Umm Qays (Gadara) in northern Jordan.

The 3,000-seat West Theater in the ancient Roman city of Umm Qays (Gadara) in northern Jordan is made from black basalt stone.

The West Theater in the ancient Roman city of Umm Qays (Gadara) in northern Jordan is made from black basalt stone.

his group of young Jordanian women has come to visit the archaeological site of Umm Qays (Gadara). This city flourished under a long series of rulers from the 3rd century BC until 749 AD when it was destroyed by a devastating earthquake.

his group of young Jordanian women has come to visit the archaeological site of Umm Qays (Gadara). This city flourished under a long series of rulers from the century BC until 749 AD when it was destroyed by a devastating earthquake.

This street leading into the Roman archaeological site at Umm Qays (Gadara) in northern Jordan was lined with shops in antiquity.

This street leading into the Roman archaeological site at Umm Qays (Gadara) in northern Jordan was lined with shops in antiquity.

These young Jordanian visitors have come to see the Dar As-Saraya Museum in Irbid.

These young Jordanian visitors have come to see the Dar As-Saraya Museum in Irbid.

The Dar As-Saraya Museum in Irbid is one of the most important archaeological museums in Jordan.

The Dar As-Saraya Museum in Irbid is one of the most important archaeological museums in Jordan.


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