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Madaba is a pleasant, relaxed, tolerant and easy-going little town famed for its Byzantine mosaics and being the most Christian town in Jordan. All citizens of Madaba are proud of their Christian heritage, and all are proud of the tolerance between both Christians and Muslims in the city. The centrepiece of this Christian heritage is in the St. George's church with its "Map of Madaba", a map of the Holy Land built of tiny tiles in the floor of the Byzantine church in the 6th century.

The city is the perfect location for exploring the Holy Land, and Jordan as a whole, with many of the great sites of the country within easy reach. Mount Nebo, where Moses is believed to have seen the Holy Land for the first time, is just half an hour's drive away, and not much further is Bethany, where Jesus is believed to have been baptised. All of these places can be accessed either by good value taxis, or sometimes by public transport.

The best thing about Madaba is the Mariam hotel, a home away from home, with good prices, and a great manager. If you want to see Jordan, this is the place to come. I stayed for an entire week, and saw everything I wanted to, other than Wadi Rum. The city is a great place to base yourself, and the Mariam Hotel a great place to stay and recover from your long days of travelling in the country.

The town is small, however, and there isn't more to see here than an afternoon of wandering will give you. It's probably the least interesting place I visited in Jordan, but that's only because the places I saw in Jordan were so amazing. It's definitely worth a side trip if you are heading over to Mount Nebo and the Dead Sea from Amman, even if it is just a whistle stop tour of the important churches.

  • Last visit to Madaba: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Oct 24, 2011
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  • MarwanShwaihat's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2009 at 6:14 AM

    Jihad is not the Only good Taxi driver here in Madaba, once you get aquanted with the people here you'll find that every person is like Jihad!!

  • crewrower's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:26 AM

    Nice tips ~ thanks

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    It looks like you saw some amazing historical sites and had very scenic views on the trip as well! Your hotel sounds like a real gem - 'cold beer delivered on a platter has got me thinking'!

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2007 at 1:47 AM

    The Dead Sea photo is very relaxing.

  • Jan 7, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    Excellent page Tim - really good info here. Your own taxi driver for a week? How fab is that? And that map is absolutely amazing.


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