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South Gate Interior
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View looking south at the interior of the south gate.  This gate was the southern entrance into the walled portion of Gerasa but another, very similar gate, “Hadrian’s Gate,” was located 365 yards. [400 m.] due south of this one.  Because of their stylistic similarities, they were probably built at the same time—just prior to Emperor Hadrian’s visit to Gerasa in A.D. 129/130—he spent the winter here in Gerasa.

Note the central arched entranceway that is flanked by smaller arched entrances.  Note also the four engaged columns that are situated on four plinths (bases)—in typical Roman fashion.  At the base of the columns note the ring of acanthus leaves—a rather rare arrangement.