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  Um Qais 

Umm Qais (once knowns as Gadara) is a town in northern Jordan, famed for being one of the Biblical Decapolis cities of the Roman Empire. The structures of the city are a combination of Ancient Graeco-Roman ruins intertwined with houses of an Ottoman village that were built using black basalt stone, giving the city an imposing and exclusive feel. The town boasts some gorgeous views with its greenery and flower-filled fields that are scattered across the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.

Umm Qais is also the place where Jesus Christ performed the miracle of the Gadarene swine, casting spirits out of two demented men and into a herd of pigs which then ran into the waters of the Sea of Galilee and drowned.

 

“And when he [Jesus] came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you

come here to torment us before the time? Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs,

and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters.” (Matthew 8:28-32)

 

Key Attractions:

Basilica Terrace: The column-fringed rectangle is the remains of a Byzantine church and whose elevated position offers the perfect historical frame from the views of Galilee behind.

West theatre: The best-preserved of the two theatres, this black-basalt arena was built to seat 3,000 Gadarenes, and today offers views to the West, down to the Jordan Valley and the snaking road up the hillside.

The Rest House: To continue feasting on one of the best views in Jordan, a generous lunch on the terrace of the well-run and spotless Resthouse is the ideal option.

 
 

 

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