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Jerash is the capital and largest city of Jerash Governorate which is situated in the north of Jordan.
A strong earthquake in 749 AD destroyed large parts of Jerash, while subsequent earthquakes along with the wars and turmoil contributed to additional destruction. Its destruction and ruins remained buried in the soil for hundreds of years until they were discovered by German Orientalist Ulrich Jasper Seetzen in 1806. Now there is a population of around 42,000 people in the city.
Jarash has two nicknames: 'Pompeii of the East' and 'The city of 1000 columns'.