Umm Qais is a Roman ruin in Northern Jordan.
The city remained unrecognised for about 1000 years and only in the 19th century became alive again.
Umm Qais ruinsphone: +962 7 9671 6796Site of the famous miracle of the Gadarene swine, Gadara was renowned in its time as a cultural centre. The ruins include a theatre, a colonnaded street, Roman shops, temples and houses, and a large Ottoman village that includes a museum.
Um Qais Museum
The main roadIncludes the tombs and black basalt pillars.
The theaterMade of black basalt as well and is markable for some of the seats having a back rest.
Basilica remainsThe remains of a five reedy basilica and an octagonal chapel.
City ruinsA road with former shops above the basilica, apparently including a quite good restaurant.
Pillar pathLeading to the rest of an old doorway.
You might also want to take a look at the almost 2000-year-old houses that where still inhabited just a few years ago.
In addition, the convenient location offers great views of the surrounding area, including the Israel side:
Yarmuk riverJust north, behind which the Golan Heights are located.
Sea of GalileeTo the northwest and part of the Sea of Galilee region.
Mount TaborThis mount to the west with the impressive and beautiful Church of Transfiguration.
phone: +962 7 9202 7610address: Hizam Ring RdThe Umm Qais Rest House is built in an Ottoman school on the site. The food is not cheap but is very good and the terrace has sweeping views over the valleys (including the Golan Heights and the site itself).
Umm Qais Hotelphone: +962 2 750 0080
- Al-Himma – therapeutic hot springs located 10 km north. Once highly regarded by the Romans, two bathing facilities: a privately-run and a public one. Note, there are separate timetables for men and women.
- Irbid – The main industrial and administrative centre in the north of the kingdom.
- Pella – Ancient ruins.