It was the devastating earthquake in 747 AD that helped preserve many sites of the Roman Cities in the Levantine area.
The mosaic of an early 6th century Byzantine villa shows Aphrodite and Adonis. She slaps Eros with her sandal. The 3 Graces (joy, beauty and charm) float around them.
8th-century mosaic of the Church of St. Mary built over a former Roman temple. All lines of the multi-colored and intricate mosaic are connected with each other forming patterns with no beginnings or ends. It was fascinating!
The Roman city of Gerasa (Jerash) was so well built that despite the earthquake the structures of many public buildings still remain.
A small relief on the wall of the northern theater.
Columns of the Artemis temple. The temple is the biggest and most important temple of the city. Up to the Ottoman period, the city was surrounded by healthy forest with lots of wildlife hence the strong veneration of Artemis, the goddess of hunting.
At the end of our day, we bought figs from one of the many fruit stands beside the highway.