Um Qais “A new Athens”

Um Qais, was built mainly out of black basalt. Here you can enjoy the impressive view over Lake Tiberius and the Golan Heights. Gadara was renowned in its time as a cultural centre. It was the home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Theodorus, founder of a rhetorical school in Rome; one poet called the city “a new Athens”.  Perched on a  splendid  hilltop  overlooking  the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Gadara is today known as Umm Qays and boasts impressive colonnaded streets, vaulted terrace and the ruins of two theatres.

You can take in the sights and then dine on the terrace of a fine restaurant with a breath-taking view.

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