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Offering an unsurpassed vantage point in the entire country of Jordan, Umm Qais is a beautiful location. The modern town of Umm Qais is the site of the ancient Greco-Roman town of Gadara, one of the cities of the Decapolis and, according to the Bible, the place where Jesus cast out the devil from two men into a herd of pigs (Matthew 8: 28-34). Rising 518 meters above sea level with views of Lake Tiberias and the Golan Heights, there is no better view in northern Jordan than Umm Qais.
The city was probably founded by the Greeks during the fourth century BCE. The Byzantine era witnessed the decline of Gadara into relative obscurity. Earthquakes destroyed many buildings, and by the dawn of the Islamic era Gadara had become just another village. The town became known by the Arabic Umm Qais during the Middle Ages.
Courtesy of Jordan Tourism Board