Church of St Theodore, built 496 AD, Jerash, Jordan. Several churches were built here during the Byzantine period. The Greco-Roman town of Gerasa is thought to have been founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great. It was conquered by Pompey in 63 BC and became a prosperous Roman town. Jerash was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 AD and its ruins were discovered in 1806 and the town excavated and reconstructed. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Church of St Theodore, built 496 AD, Jerash, Jordan. Several churches were built here during the Byzantine period. The Greco-Roman town of Gerasa is thought to have been founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great. It was conquered by Pompey in 63 BC and became a prosperous Roman town. Jerash was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 AD and its ruins were discovered in 1806 and the town excavated and reconstructed. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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