Renowned in its time as a cultural center, Gadara (known today as Umm Qays), 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 Sea of Galilee, Umm Qays boasts an impressive colonnaded terrace and the ruins of a fine restaurant with a breathtalking 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 Qays Museum contains artefacts, mosaics and statues.