Mosaics of MadabaApprox. Time: 6 hours
Activity Level: Easiest

Elaborate, beautiful, and impressive, the wonderful mosaics of Madaba are a fantastic sight to behold. The importance of Madaba as a Byzantine ecclesiastical center is demonstrated in the wealth of elaborate mosaics scattered throughout the town.

Madaba’s most famous mosaic is located in the Church of St. George in the middle of town. The Mosaic Map of Palestine represents the Holy Land and its surrounding regions. Clearly visible on the map are al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dead Sea, the Jordan River, Nablus, al-Khalil (Hebron), Ariha (Jericho), Egypt and the Nile River, Turkey and Lebanon. The mosaic was made around 560 CE, and was originally composed of over 2.3 million pieces measuring a staggering 25 by 5 meters. It is thought that 11,500 man-hours would have been required to lay the entire mosaic.

Courtesy of Jordan Tourism Board