Built around 70 AD, the town of what is now Jerash, Jordan, has many of the expected features of a Roman town. Yet it also includes an unusual oval-shaped piazza—still surrounded by a colonnade of 56 Ionic columns.
As we approached the Hippodrome, a man calling himself Maximus drove up in a chariot and invited us for a ride. We rode around for a couple of minutes but I’m going to spare you the agony of those maximus-touristic photos.
More than 500 columns of the main street, Cardo Maximus (‘main artery’) still exist.