"Town of mosaics" Top 5 Page for this destination Madaba by angiebabe

Madaba Travel Guide: 169 reviews and 633 photos

People come here for the number of sites around the town with excellent mosaics. Theyre mostly in old churches with early christian mosaics.

Even the oldest mosaic in Jordan is here - or a piece of it - according to the museum at the Church of the Virgin Mary.

It was interesting to see the seemingly accepted mix of christian and muslim sites here - as far as a tourist town goes people were calm and pleasant - when I approached for help with directions or info they were helpful or people actually approached me to tell there was this or that church in that direction to go see. (all very helpful as there were actually very few signs around the place!)

Though reading more extensively about the findings of the mosaics, when the Mosaic map was first found and it was seen that Jesus was depicted as the Son of God the Muslims defaced that part of the mosaic...

Excellent museum with an excellent collection of mosaics brought from other sites around the area - along with the mosaics here on the original site of the Church of the Virgin Mary (Roman catholic origins or influences versus the early church)


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:fascinating history here - jewish and christian history living peacefully alongside Islam
  • Cons:signposting and directions to the sites and the main centre when driving is a little difficult!
  • Last visit to Madaba: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    very nice page here reminds me of tunisia

  • shiran_d's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Great pictures it is time for me to add some photos too thank you for your inspirational home page

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    beautiful Angela, but why not complete the page. Please tell something about the city.

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Oct 2, 2012 at 1:53 AM

      thanks Goutam..yes i have pot holes in many of my pages ha ha! a lot of holes i have to get back to fill in and finish my pages a bit better! but Jordan really was a fantastic trip - calm and pleasant country and people and easy to travel around with great sights and sites!

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Jan 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      theres not really a lot to tell about the city Goutam, it really centres around the many mosaics found around the town and the historical sites in the surrounding area - such as Mt Nebo

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    We passed through here and saw the famous map mosaic but sadly didn't realise what other treasures were here too - the perils of a group tour, even with a good company like Explore! Thanks for showing me more :-)

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    I never realized there were so many Christian churches in Jordan. Looks like an interesting place.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2010 at 3:07 AM

    Great tips Angie!

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    I'm hoping to go sometime! wonderful Tips! I was just reading about Herod today. A good friend's daughter and son-in-law are in ministry here.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Your detail on the church of St. George was fascinating and agree on Mary's status matter. Too bad for the mosaics not being preserved well. My last trip to 11 parks in Utah/Arizona. Bryce & Zion were the better scenes-but Kanab/Page was remote out there.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2009 at 12:57 AM

    Really lovely mosaics, and that opening sunrise photo, you should be proud of, stunning!!

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Nice page. Great photos! Gillybob greetings


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