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.
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.