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Umm Qais

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Once part of the Decapolis--a group of ten city-states on the eastern edge of the Roman Empire--Umm Qais draws visitors with its ancient ruins and Biblical significance. The main attractions in Umm Qais consist of impressive remains from the Roman Gadara (the city's former name), an Ottoman village, and a museum displaying Christian mosaics and Hellenic statues. Christian pilgrims make the trip to Umm Qais to see the purported site where Jesus exorcised demons, driving them out of two men and into a herd of swine. Likewise, the site draws a contingent of Palestinians wanting to see their homeland--at a height of 378 m (1,240 ft), Umm Qais affords sweeping views over the disputed Golan Heights, as well as Jordan and Israel. Use our Jordan trip generator to plan your trip to Umm Qais and other destinations in Jordan.
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Visitors come to Umm Qais almost exclusively on day trips, as few accommodations exist in the immediate area. About 125 km (77 mi) to the south, the capital of Amman offers an extensive range of hotels, as well as a good selection of rental apartments that cater to different budgets and tastes. Alternatively, you can explore campsites and guesthouses in the town of Ajloun, about 60 km (37 mi) to the south. If your plans include crossing into Israel or Golan Heights, nearby towns just over the border have rooms and guesthouses.
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