Panorama of the Week: Jerash Roman Theater, Jordan

Just a few hours outside of Jordan’s capital city of Amman lies Jerash, a city playing host to a rather impressive collection of Roman ruins. No “ruin fatigue” here: the history of Jerash – layer upon layer of civilizations, from Greek to Roman to Umayyad, keeps you wondering about the cycles of cultures and religions — and all the people who walked the same streets over the last 3000 years.

The South Theatre pictured below was built by the Romans in the 1st century AD. Its layout highlights the Roman skill of acoustic design. If you stand at the central acoustic point inside the theater and belt out your favorite tune or poem, every person in that 3,000 seat theatre will hear you loud and clear. Impressive.

360-Degree Panorama: South Theatre of Roman Ruins of Jerash, Jordan

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Disclosure: Our trip to Jordan is sponsored by the Jordan Tourism Board, but the opinions expressed here are entirely our own.

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Comments

  1. Sutapa Chattopadhyay says

    Looks like a real theatre, I can imagine audiences coming to see plays! Amazing! Wonderful photos (that went into making the pano).

  2. says

    Interesting about the acoustics. Our local university just built a dynamite theater, but I bet it requires electcity and lots of electronic equipment to do the same thing!

  3. says

    @Henry: For a small country, Jordan is full of Roman ruins like this. Very impressive.

    @Sutapa: It definitely is a real theatre – you can still see the areas where actors and speakers used to perform 2000 years ago and can imagine the cheering crowds. Pretty neat.

    @Phyllis: We were talking with someone else about acoustics the other day and how the old European cathedrals often were built with amazing acoustics while today we use technology and different materials to get the same (or perhaps inferior) effect. And the Romans knew what they were doing even before the great cathedral builders. Very impressive.

    Hope the acoustics at the new theatre are good!

    @Rob: Thanks! We tried to capture it with a bit of activity, but not too much. Glad it conveyed the feeling of being there.

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