Oval Plaza (Gerasa)
Jerash, Jordan
The Oval Plaza is an paved ovoid area surrounded by a 1st century CE colonnade of Ionic columns supporting an uninterrupted architrave. It is roughly 90 meters long and 80 meters wide. At the plaza's north end begins the Cardo Maximus, the main colonnaded street of the ancient city. In the middle of the plaza are remains of a rectangular structure that likely once supported a Roman statue, but was converted in a later century to a fountain.


Khouri, Rami G. Jerash: A Brief Guide to the Antiquities. Amman: Al Kutba, 1988.


Rautmann, M., and J. M. C. Bowsher. "Gerasa." Grove Art Online2003; Accessed 17 Oct. 2019. https://www.oxfordartonline.com/groveart/view/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.001.0001/oao-9781884446054-e-7000031479.

Jerash, Jordan
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Part of Site
1st century CE
Style Periods
90 m
Variant Names
Oval Forum
Oval Piazza