Places to visit in Irbid Governorate

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cjschreiner
Chandler, AZ2,081 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
If you’re looking for a set of ruins that doesn’t have a huge crowd, this is it. We were the only tourists at the place. There is an active archaeological restoration going on at the place. This place won’t take a lot of time. Getting down to the ruins took the most amount of time.
Written 9 September 2023
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Brenda
Amman, Jordan7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Lovely site in a beautiful and picturesque setting but minimally excavated. Would be a great site if more money and time was spent on it.
Written 4 March 2023
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Olivier
Berlin, Germany3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Important place and very unimportant ruins.
The more important the officials on site feel: While the gates to the road are wide open, a pompous and extremely unfriendly guard in the visitor centre checks not only the ticket but also the passport, looking long and hard for the visa stamp, as if he were in charge of counterintelligence for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. An absurd person and a good example of how the place ( and the country) want to make themselves bigger than they are.
Written 25 October 2021
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kr0elle
Amman, Jordan987 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The site itself is picturesquely set in a wadi on a number of hills. Given that there are remnants from the Greek, Roman, and Ottoman eras, it is also quite diverse. The different edifices (or what is left thereof) are in close proximity to each other. You don’t need to walk as much as in other archeological sites. However, the areal is quite steep, so be prepared for some steps and up-/downhill walk.
As for the infrastructure itself, the newly built museum and shop provides a quick overview. On the site itself, no explanation except for the names of the buildings is given whatsoever. Having a good guide (book) is required.
The way to the site can be a bit confusing as you will pass the (closed) back entrance first when you come from the Jordan valley highway, but need to drive another few hundred meters to get to the actual entrance with ticket booth.
Written 15 May 2021
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,474 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
From where we parked (maybe the correct entrance), it was about a 15 minute hike to the ruins. A bit treacherous to get down to the pillars, and the guidebook was correct when it says that a bit of imagination is required to get the most out of the site. Important to archaeologists because it reveals evidence of 6000 years of continuous settlement, however, there’s very little to see. The pillars are a nice photo op, but it’s clear that they are later additions. We did this as part of a larger driving tour that took in Ajloun Castle/Forest Reserve and Umm Qais. Even then, we’re not entirely sure that it’s worth the loop out to see it. However, if you’re already nearby, then you could stop by. Best time of year to go is springtime for the flowers.
Written 11 May 2021
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LegalRover
Jordan6,490 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Pella is located about 40 minutes south of Umm Qais on Route 65 and about 1.5 hours north of Amman, in the foothills of the Jordan Valley/River. It was originally a Greek town and subsequently went through Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic periods. Today, the city’s ruins which are predominantly temples, churches, and housing have been partially excavated (emphasis on partially). There are few Roman buildings – mainly remnants of an odeon, bathhouse, and necropolis.

Its biblical significance seems to be that the site appears to fulfill Jesus’ prophecy of a city of refuge. According to historians, the “Flight to Pella” in 70 CE represented the Church of Jerusalem’s flee to Pella after the ruin of the temple and Jesus’ followers seeking refuge while escaping Jerusalem’s destruction. It stayed there until its return during the reign of Emperor Hadrian, making it a secondary pilgrimage site for modern day Christians.

Pella’s visitors center is probably the largest and newest visitors center I have seen of all the archeological sites in Jordan. It was very impressive but somewhat of a shame that there were minimal visitors (at least when we were there). I am under the impression that this site attracts mainly those on pilgrimages. I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit Pella unless you have time to make a stop on your way to Umm Qais or are a historian or Christian studies’ scholar. Umm Qais and Jerash have more to see in terms of excavated work. Pella is somewhat skeletal in terms of what there is to see. I included a birds’ eye view photo of the site since many other reviewers have already provided close ups of what there is to see. Keep in mind it is a hike down to the site from the visitors center - the entrance is up on a hill.

One of the best attributes of this site is the spectacular view across the Jordan Valley.
Written 13 August 2020
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CaroH
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Slightly neglected in terms of visitors but the unique remains of a city, its churches, tiny amphitheater and ruins that, like a lot of places in Jordan you can walk through and over - although it needs care and you should be aware of the damage you could accidentally cause. While not a huge site, (although it is more or less distributed across two locations) the history is impressive and it is a unique privilege to be able visit.
Written 14 December 2019
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Joy
Amman, Jordan205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Pella is tucked in the valley near a spring. It’s believed this city was home to early believers who fled persecution in Jerusalem soon after the time of Christ.
Enjoy the mini amphitheater, the church, and just the quiet setting.
It’s a nice drive from Um Qais.
Written 22 November 2019
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tlessio
Selvazzano Dentro, Italy244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This archaeoligical site is definitely out of ordinary tourist routes, but affording the trip to arrive there definitely worths. All the site has an intense atmosphere. Staff at the visitor center is very friendly. Pella can be added in an 1 day tour from Amman comprehending both Umm Qais both Jerash.
Written 4 September 2019
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GlobalStaci
Baltimore, MD1,210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
I'd say if you are anywhere near Pella, definitely go see the ruins there. This was one of ancient Rome's Decapolis cities and it's beautiful and full of history and mystery. I enjoyed most having the place all to ourselves. Enjoy a picnic lunch or snacks under the shade of the trees at the base of the entry.
Written 3 May 2019
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