- Archaeological Site
- Place or Historical Monument
- Unesco World Heritage
The site of Umm Qais is exceptional, it is one of my favourite visits, because although the city is reduced to Jerash, the setting is incredible. From the restaurant at the top, you can see the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee, it's magnificent. I also had a nice lunch there, on the outdoor terrace.
The old city is really well preserved, I pictured a lively city, especially on the Decumanus Maximus (the main street). You can visit the ruins with a guide (it's optional but very interesting) who gives excellent explanations on the way of life there: baths, theatres, small traders' lodgings...
You will learn that there was a 100km long underground aqueduct to send water to Umm Qais! The ruins of the Byzantine basilica, the underground mausoleum and the necropolis are spectacular.