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Madaba and Mount Nebo

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The ancient Kings' highway in use for 3,000 years is an ideal route for your Journey south. Favorite stop is Madaba, City of Mosaics, to view its wonderfully vivid map of the sixth century AD Holy Land. Nearby it is the revered Mount Nebo, where Moses (pbuh) climbed to survey the Promised Land.

Jordan is a unique and blessed land of the Old and New Testaments and early years of Islam. The litany of ancient place names reads like biblical gazetteer Edom, Moab, Ammon, Gilead, Gad and Peraea.

Madaba Church Entrance

The Madaba of the Bible is today small town of Madaba, only 30 kilometers south of Amman. Remains of the Roman road and civic architecture can still be seen in the midst of the modern town, but it is the Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics for which Madaba is well known. At the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George visitors may view the earliest surviving original map of the Holy Land, which was made around A.D. 560. In addition, there are other mosaic floors preserved throughout the town, as well as a fine local museum

Ten kilometers west of Madaba is the hilly district of Mount Nebo, on the western edge of the plateau with a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. On a clear day, the spires of the churches of Jerusalem are visible, and at night the light of the city.

Mount Nebo Church

Mount Nebo is believed to be the tomb of Moses (pbuh). It is a lonely, windswept hill. Protecting the ruins of a 4th and 6th century church whose floor is still covered with marvelous mosaics, is a building constructed by the Franciscans who started excavating the site in 1933.



Jordan Sites: Ajloun  ::  Amman  ::  Aqaba  ::  Bethany  ::  Dana Reserve  ::  Dead Sea  ::  Desert Castles  ::  Jerash
Karak  ::  Shobak  ::  Ma'in Spa  ::  Madaba  ::  Mount Nebo  ::  Pella  ::  Petra  ::  Umm Qais  ::  Wadi Rum