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Pella (Jordan)

Practical information on Pella

  • Viewpoint
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Archaeological Site
  • Castle and fortress
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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30 min by car from Irbid. Plan to go by car to visit the whole site.
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Pella

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

Pella is an exceptional site, here there are the ruins of a Greco-Roman Decapolis, one of ten trading cities situated on either side of Jordan, such as Umm Qais nearby. These sites are located near to Irbid in the north of the country.

My suggestion:
Take a local guide to learn more because ancient stones cannot tell you their story and there are no written explanations on the site.
My review

I found the tour of Pella interesting, although the ruins were less interesting than those of Umm Qais or Jerash. The walk itself takes two hours, but I went from Ajloun and the landscapes on the way there are exceptional, between fields and olive groves.

On the site the guide shows us round the vestiges of the different periods. We saw for example, the ruins of three churches from the 6th century, those of a Canaanite temple probably from the 13th century BC, a Mamluk mosque built by the Arabs in the middle ages, the arches of well preserved gates and Byzantine and Umayyad houses... 

Around Pella, you can go with a guide to the site of 6th century Byzantine fortress and the ruins of a necropolis from the same period. 

Ruin of a Byzantine Church of Pella