Jordan Cities: Madaba

Jordan Cities: Madaba Last updated on Tuesday 20th April 2010

This small town 19 miles (32km) from Amman is best known for its Byzantine mosaics. These are housed in both private and public buildings, but the most noteworthy is located in the Greek Orthodox church of Saint George.

The mosaic is a map of the Christian Holy Lands and although it is far from complete, many features can still be distinguished, including the River Nile, the Dead Sea and the city of Jerusalem. This mosaic was made from over two million pieces and originally measured 25 metres by 5 metres. It was probably made around 560A.D.

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