Looking for travel inspiration for your next vacation? Take a look at my series of reasons to visit Jordan. They will surprise, excite and make you want to go there. In this one: Madaba Mosaic Map.
On the floor of the Byzantine Church of Saint George in Madaba is a mosaic map dating back to the 6th Century AD. It is a map of the key biblical sites across the Middle East.
Only 20% of the map remains due to damage from earthquakes and misguided renovations across the years. It is a stunning piece of art as well as being remarkable as it was created without modern technology that makes the mapping of the world easier through satellites. The map has been attributed with helping to finally locate the site where John the Baptist baptised Jesus.
The church and map is a key stop for travellers on religious and biblical pilgrims of Jordan and the Middle East.It is a striking and memorable sight.
Based on my time in Jordan, there are ten things that I recommend you visit during the course of a one-week vacation. You can find out more on each by clicking on them to get more details, my thoughts and pictures:
- Ras El Ein Graffiti Amman.
- Roman Amphitheatre Amman.
- Citadel Amman.
- Little Petra.
- Wadi Rum Desert.
- Madaba Map.
- Baptism site of Jesus Christ.
- Aljoun Castle Fortress.
Disclaimer: I travelled as a guest of Jordan Tourism Board on an 8-night trip exploring Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, the Dead Sea and other popular destinations.