Like a number of sites in the region, Madaba was mentioned in the Bible. It subsequently became a Roman provincial town and had its apogee under the Byzantine Empire. It is to that era that the town owes its chief treasures – its mosaics.
The must-see site in town is the Church of St. George, now a Greek Orthodox basilica, home of the enormous Madaba Mosaic Map. The map, with its richly-detailed rendering of Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem and other holy sites, was only rediscovered in 1894 and has since been brilliantly restored.
Madaba’s biblical significance makes it an important place of pilgrimage, while it is also home to a thriving Christian community, living in harmony with the Muslim majority.
Tours & Tickets
Visit some of Jordan’s ancient archeological mysteries, natural marvels, and biblical sites on a 4-night private tour from Amman, with hotel accommodation and ... Read more
Duration: 5 days (approx.)
Combine visits to Holy Land sites with a trip to the Dead Sea on a full-day excursion from Amman! With a private driver, travel to the Amman citadel and Roman ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Get to know Amman and the historical treasures of Madaba and Mt Nebo on this half-day private tour! Traveling with a knowledgeable private driver, head to ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)