Origin of Name Nymphaeum in Ancient Jerash, Jordan - Encircle Photos

15 Origin of Name Nymphaeum in Ancient Jerash, Jordan

The Nymphaeum was the city’s public water supply. The name is derived from its dedication as a shrine to the nymphs. In mythology they were young, beautiful maidens who lived among rivers and streams. These loving spirts were believed to provide life-giving waters. The water from this fountain flowed from the mouths of carved lion heads and into basins.

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Nymphaeum, Jerash, Jordan

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