Known as the ‘City of Mosaics’ Madaba is famous for the 6th century Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land. A 25 x 5 meter masterpiece made of over 2 million pieces. The map shows holy sites, hills, valleys, towns and cities as far away as the Nile Delta! The map is on the floor of the modern St George Greek Orthodox Church which is built on the site of an older 6th century church.
Jordan is committed to restoring and preserving it’s mosaics, you can see how this is done by visiting the Mosaic School in the Archaeological Park and Museum. Also in the park are the remains of several churches and a 6th century mansion, all with more outstanding mosaics.
Close by is Mount Nebo, believed to be the burial place of Moses. It was a place of pilgrimage for early Christians and the first church was built here in the 4th century. Stand at the top of the mountain as Moses did when he first saw the Promised Land and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Jordan Valley, The Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Jericho.
Visit the La Storia Tourism Complex at Mount Nebo – tour the museum and handicraft workshops, then become a part of history by placing your own piece in what will be the worlds largest mosaic. A 30m long and 6m wide map of the King’s Highway once completed will have over 3.5 million pieces. All proceeds to the project go towards the preservation of Madaba’s heritage, while all profits at the handicraft workshops go to help alleviate poverty and provide employment for individuals with special needs.
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Where to Stay?
Madaba has a good number of budget and 3 star hotels within the town.
Possible to visit on a day trip from Amman, or as part of the King’s Highway road.