Friday Photo: Jordanian History in Queens

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Yes, there is a Roman column in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  King Hussein of Jordan presented this column as a gift to New York City and to the New York World’s Fair Corporation at the 1964-65 World’s Fair.  This column dates back to around 120 AD and was erected by the Romans in the city of Jerash.

Based on the inscription, this is one of many columns known as the ‘Whispering Columns of Jerash" that came from the Temple of Artemis in Jordan.  According to the New York Public Library, when you whisper in the middle of the Temple of Artemis, the sound reverberates and can be heard clearly in other parts of the Temple, much like in the whispering gallery at Grand Central Station.

The column now stands near where the Jordanian pavilion once stood in 1964.  And thanks to our newest partner, Lisa (check out her photo blog: Love and Coffee) , we have a beautiful photo of the column in front of another, more well-known, symbol of the World’s Fair, the unisphere.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Exwy. bet. 111 St. and College Point Blvd., Park Drive E.

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