Recommended tourist places in Madaba

Madaba ,this city is located in the western part of the center of Jordan at an altitude of 760 meters above sea level

32 km south of the capital Amman through the highway linking Amman with Aqaba.

Madaba is known as the Mosaic City because of Byzantine mosaics under almost every house.  Dating back to before 1300 BC.

Recommended tourist places in Madaba:

Makawir:

Not far from Madaba along the majestic highway line with spectacular views.  At the top of the hill is the fortress of Machuir

also known as the Great Fortress of Herod After Herod’s death, Herod inherited the castle,

and in this particular place he ordered the cutting off of John the Baptist after the dance that Salome performed.

Nebu mountain:

In the Madaba region there is Mount Nebo,

a sacred site for Christians, where the Prophet Moses was buried.

The early Christians built a small square church, which later became a large edifice.

The castle today does not exist, but the remains of the castle and its walls, towers, channels, columns and large stones on top of the hill shows the greatness of the place.

It found the oldest mosaic in Jordan dating from the late 1st century BC. .

Mosaic Map:

is known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, Madaba is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

With two million pieces of vividly colored local stone

it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta.

The mosaic map of the church, now known as St. George, was discovered. The oldest known map of the region dates back to the sixth century.

It is the legendary mosaic map of the Holy Land

measuring 15 meters by 6 meters and depicting sites along the route from the Nile Delta to the walled city of Jerusalem, St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai, and the Jordan River.


It includes a mosaic map dating back to the 6th century

including Jerusalem and the Holy Land. The map is rich in brightly colored local stones and displays drawings of hills, valleys, villages and towns that reach the Nile Delta.

The mosaic map in Madaba covers the land of St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, northwest of the city center The church was built in 1896 on the ruins of a very old Byzantine church of the sixth century

The length of the mosaic map is about 15.6 square meters and a width of 6.94 square meters Over the course of time, however, only about a quarter remained.

Recommended tourist places in Madaba ,close to the Church of the Virgin is the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration

which operates under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism.

The only project of its kind in the Middle East, the Institute trains artisans in the art of making, repairing and restoring mosaics.

Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art & Restoration:

Originally set up as a school in 1992 by the Jordanian government

this institute trains Jordanian artists in the production and restoration of mosaics, spreads awareness of mosaics in Jordan and actively preserves mosaics throughout the country.

The restoration work of the school’s artisans is evident in the Archaeological Park, the Church of the Apostles and at Khirbet Mukhayyat.

Visit the administration office to arrange a workshop visit to enhance your appreciation of the painstaking nature of mosaic making.

Visitors Center:

This helpful interpretative center makes a good starting point for visiting the highlights of Madaba.

It’s worth a visit in its own right, as it’s housed in a beautifully restored traditional house from the late 19th century

belonging to the Al Batjali family. Two of the rooms contain interesting information panels in English on the history of Madaba

and there’s a 10-minute film that sets the town in its historical context. The shady courtyard of plumb ago and geraniums offers respite from a hot day’s sightseeing; there are clean toilets next to the center’s car

park.

 

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