Jerash (Gerasa) founded by Alexander the Macedonian had long been one of the most important towns in the Middle East. Unfortunately, like most towns in this area, the vast majority was destroyed by strong earthquake in 749. It was then forgotten and the world rediscovered it in 1806. It is now largely restored again, so you can admire here beautiful Roman buildings. The extensive site is surrounded by modern town with five thousand inhabitants, so there is no problem with bus transport between Amman and Jerash. Together with the rock town of Petra and Wadi Rum belongs to three most interesting places in Jordan, which should not be missed!