JERASH. Propylaeum. Gateway to theTemple of Artemis.

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In the fourth century, the newly legitimate Christian religion in Jerash established itself by creating associations with paganism. This involved locating churches over or next to prominent pagan sites. This did not mean turning old temples into churches but building afresh, adopting a public form of Roman architecture, the basilica as the basis for of new church buildings.

The cathedral complex is an example of this. Situated in the centre of Jerash, it occupied the site of the old sanctuary of Dionysus and was right next door to the chief pagan sanctuary of Jerash, the temple of Artemis. Wharton believes that the new religion was legitimizing itself by associating itself with the old. At the same time, the new architecture showed the difference between the old and new religions.

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Dhoulfaou Wery on September 24, 2015

Loving +9.The Sunrise. Le Lever de Soleil : c'est Magique. Oui 9 Welcome - Bienvenue - Karibou. Heal The World. Changer le Monde. Arrêter la guerre et les aider à reconstruire leurs pays pour leur permettre de rentrer chez eux. Merci. Avec Brussels Airlines et Mawatwaniya et Inter Iles Air. Yes. Evryone who wants to come is welcome. Oui. Tout un chacun qui veut venir est le bienvenu. Éin.Kula atsa hawo na ajé.

Nadia Kushnir on September 24, 2015

Many thanks, Dhoulfaou!!! Kind regards. Nadia.

Hans_Pano Yes ! on November 2, 2015

Very beautiful presentation of the access to Artemis. !!L&F!! Best regards, Hans

Nadia Kushnir on November 2, 2015

Thank You very much, Hans!!! Warm regards. Nadia.

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