A site of vast historical relevance in a region filled with conflict, culture and antiquity, Um Al Jimal boasts an impressive collection of ruins which date as far back as the Nabatean period.
Evidence of Nabataean and Roman societies can be found at the primary site with its monumental buildings, temples and tombs, while the secondary site in Al Herri just southeast of Um Al Jimal takes visitors on a journey to discover ancient city life, with a settlement thought to have been built for workers, labourers or slaves.
Located in a region well-known for its fertility, Um Al Jimal’s agricultural characteristics made the area an attractive settlement and as such the city passed through the hands of the Nabateans, the Romans, the Ayyubids and finally to the Abbasids before being abandoned after the earthquake of 749 AD. Today the city has inhabited since the 20th c. immigration of a Druze community.
Located 85km north of Amman the area extends from Ajlun all the way north to the border with Syria. As the journey from Amman may take all day, Tania Tours recommends scheduling visits to sites such as Jerash and Pella on route to Um Al Jimal.