Umm Al Jimal

Umm Al Jimal

The eastern-most of the major northern cities, Umm Al Jimal is at the edge of the basalt desert plain, along a secondary road close to the junction of several ancient trade routes linking central Jordan with Syria and Iraq.

Umm Al Jimal is primarily notable for the substantial ruins of a Byzantine and early Islamic town, which are clearly visible above the ground, as well as an older Roman village (locally referred to as Al Herri) located to the southwest of the Byzantine ruins.

Among the most interesting structures to visit are the tall barracks with their little chapel, several large churches, numerous open and roofed water cisterns, the outlines of a Roman fort and the remains of several town gates.