Pella

Pella is an archeological site north of Amman in Jordan. It was part of the Decapolis federation along with Jerash and Umm Qais. Pella is worth visiting if you are a keen archeologist, and you can see Jerash, Umm Oais and Pella in one very long day from Amman, but most guests choose to just see Jerash and Umm Qais. Pella is reached by driving through idyllic countryside, featuring orchards, fertile crop-fields and rolling hills. There are current excavations happening, and there has been human settlement here from the Paleolithic through to the Mamluke periods. There has been continual inhabitation for 6,000 years. There isn’t a great deal left – the best being three Byzantine churches. There are a couple of temples and an interesting odeon (theatre) built into the natural contours of the rock.

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