Renowned in its time as a cultural center, Gadara (known today as Umm Qais), was the home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Theodorus, founder of a rhetorical school in Rome. Known for its black stone basalt, it is perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Umm Qais boasts an impressive colonnaded terrace and the ruins of two theaters. Find yourself on the magnificent terrace of a fine restaurant with a breathtaking view of three countries.
What To See
The main sites are the ruins of the Roman city, with its Western Theater, colonnaded street, mausoleum and baths. The Umm Qais Museum contains artefacts, mosaics and statues.