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 Madaba Mosaic Map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which is located northwest of the city center. The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 sq.m., only about a quarter of which is preserved.
You will also visit the Shrine of the Beheading of John the Baptist. This operational early-20th-century Roman Catholic Church has been transformed into an intriguing destination for visitors and pilgrims by the restoration of the ancient sites upon which the church sits. The church facade was built with ancient stones, and Roman columns with Corinthian capitals dot the courtyard. The last section involves steep metal ladders with handrails and a bit of dexterity manoeuvring around the bells and bell ropes, but it’s worth the effort for the best panorama in Madaba.
Also within the area is Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and the place where Moses was buried. A small Byzantine church was built there by early Christians, which has been expanded into a vast complex.
Pick up from your location in Amman.
Transfer to Madaba to visit St. George’s and John the Baptist’s Churches.
Continue to Mount Nebo to visit the Memorial of Moses and have the view of the Promise Land.
Return to Madaba for lunch in a local restaurant.
Transfer back to Amman by the end of the day.
End of tour