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Byzantine Church terrace at Umm Qais

Umm Qais (Mother of Qais), sometimes transliterated as Umm Qays, is a town in northern Jordan near the site of the ancient town of Gadara. It is situated in the extreme north-west of the country, where the borders of Jordan, Israel and Syria meet, perched on a hilltop 378 metres (1,240 ft) above sea level, overlooking the sea of Tiberias, the Golan heights and the Yarmuk gorge.

The Hellenistic-Roman town of Gadara was also sometimes called Antiochia or Antiochia Semiramis or Seleucia. The ancient walls may now be traced in almost their entire circuit of 3 km. The ruins include those of "baths, two theaters, a ippodrome, colonnaded streets and, under the Romans, aqueducts, a temple, a basilica and other buildings, telling of a once splendid city. A paved street, with double colonnade, ran from east to west. The ruts worn in the paved road by the wheels of ancient vehicles are still to be seen.
Byzantine Church terrace at Umm Qais Jordan archeology ruins