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Open quarter

Information & photo tour

A first settlement in front of the northern gate of the Roman fort may have already existed during its military use. After the demilitarisation of the garrison in the 5th century, the area within the walls was transformed into a densely populated civilian quarter. The area north of it grew into a splendid town, which was obviously an important place of pilgrimage.

A walk through the ruins of an astonishing number of churches and chapels decorated with mosaic floors, a villa, winery and other buildings still gives an impression of the great importance of Mefa'a (Umm er-Rasas) in Byzantine and Umayyad times. More about in the photo tour.

Map: Sites in this tour

This informative photo tour in four parts introduces and localizes the main attractions of Umm er-Rasas in a recommended route through the site.

Recommendations for cultural travellers: Contemporary art, art history, architecture, design, cultural heritage

Web guide, including informative photo tours with interactive maps and special presentations of venues, sites, events

Jordan Tourism BoardIn cooperation with the
Jordan Tourism Board

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