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Mosaic Map (Madaba Map) Tours

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Mosaic Map (Madaba Map)
Located in Madaba, the 19th-century Greek Orthodox St. George's Church is home to the famous Mosaic Map (Madaba Map). This sixth-century Byzantine map is believed to have been created in 542 AD, making it one of the world’s oldest biblical maps. It features imagery of the Holy Land depicted in ornate tiles and was originally made to encompass about 51 feet by 19.5 feet.

The Mosaic Map features more than 150 Greek inscriptions and shows locations like Jericho, the Dead Sea, Palestine, the Nile Delta, Karak and the focus of the map, Jerusalem. Today it’s about one-third its original size, although it is still in excellent condition and worth a visit. It’s said that Muslims once damaged the maps in places where Islam was portrayed as an apostate religion due to offense taken by the fact that the map depicts Jesus as God’s son. The map was unearthed in 1894 AD, and St. George's Church was then built over it to act as its protector. Today visitors can see what remains of this beautiful piece of art and history up close. Since its rebirth, the map has not only enthralled church visitors, but has also helped scientists and researchers discover new landmarks and better understand historical topography.

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St. George's Church is located about 45 minutes from Amman. Photos can be taken inside St. George's Church, so you’ll be able to snap pictures of the famous Mosaic Map. From Amman, Madaba can be reached via Highway 35 (the King’s Highway). St. George's Church is free to enter, and it is open from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Saturday. It opens later on Friday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Address: St. George Church, Madaba, Amman, Jordan
Hours: 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Saturday. It opens later on Friday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
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One Day Madaba, Mt Nebo, Bethany Beyond the Jordan and Dead Sea Tour from Amman

One Day Madaba, Mt Nebo, Bethany Beyond the Jordan and Dead Sea Tour from Amman

Enjoy an amazing day trip from Amman to Baptism site (Bethany), Madaba, Nebo and Mukawer and the Dead Sea. Your driver will pick you up in the morning from your hotel in Amman and drive to the town Madaba, where you find the famous mosaic 6th century map of Palestine in St. George’s church. After that continue to Mt. Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the promised land before he died and alleged to be his burial place. You will visit an old monastery; overlook the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and parts of the Holy Land. Then we will drive towards Baptism Site (Bethany), the place where Jesus Christ was baptized by St. John the Baptist. It is now one of the 3 most important places of pilgrimage in Catholicism.
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Discover the best that Jordan has to offer on this private 3-day tour. Visit the Wadi Rum Desert, the archeological of the Rose City of Petra, the lowest place on earth—the Dead Sea, and Mount Nebo, where Moses looked over the Holy Land. Learn about the ancient history of the region from your guide with sightseeing tours at each place and enjoy 2-nights in 4-star accommodation with breakfast included.
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3 Day Jordan Break

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A short private tour of Jordan that visits the main highlights of this spectacular country - Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, Mt.Nebo and Madaba.
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Mosaic Map (Madaba Map) hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Saturday. It opens later on Friday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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