This city is located near the Al Himmeh hot springs. These natural baths, still used today, are a bit smelly, but the beautiful views of Lake Tiberius (the Sea of Galilee) help compensate for any unpleasantness. The city's Museum of Jordanian Heritage is a well-regarded archaeological museum, containing local artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age.
About 20 mi/30 km northwest of town is the Decapolis city of Umm Qais, once a Greco-Roman center of culture and the arts. The highlight of Umm Qais is a stroll through the old city's ruins, which, although not especially well-preserved, are atmospheric and include amphitheaters, mausoleums, baths and many columns. There is an excellent rest house serving splendid Arab mezzes that has a great view of the Golan Heights and Lake Tiberius from the terrace.
Pella, another Decapolis city, also has a lot of antiquities from several different periods. The whole area makes an interesting day trip from Amman. Irbid is 40 mi/70 km north of Amman.
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