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Madaba

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17 travelers at this place:

  • Day18

    Arrival in Jordan

    July 17, 2017 in Jordan

    Our first view of Jordan couldn't have been in greater contrast to Rwanda - not a hill or blade of grass in sight!

    We were met before immigration by a rep from the Jordanian agent we booked through, and were expedited through the "Jordanian" queue with a free visa - getting it in Australia was going to cost us $400 each, or buying it on arrival was $80 each, but as we used a registered Jordanian agent, he arranged it for free.

    He handed us over to Abed, our driver for the next 5 days and we headed towards Madaba, 30 minutes from the airport. On the way out of the airport we were stopped by a police patrol. "If he asks, this is a free hotel shuttle service" Abed briefed us as we stopped. Turns out one of the senior politicians owns the taxi company, and he doesn't like anyone else getting paid to pick up people from the airport, so the police do his dirty work. Ah, that's so Congo...!!

    We stopped for a Turkish coffee from a roadside stall on the way, then straight to Madaba on a very quiet road. The roadside was dusty and barren, with piles of rubbish everywhere. Madaba is south of the capital Amman and is best known for the 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Made of two million pieces of coloured local stone, it is believed to be the earlist map of the villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta.

    After checking into our hotel, we went for a walk to the town centre and located the Church of St George. We'd just finished taking photos of the mosaic when a lady appeared and asked for our ticket, which we were apparently meant to buy from the gift shop before entering. Clearly no need for that now ☺.

    We then visited the Archaeological Park and Museum, which has the remains of several 6th century Byzantine churches and homes, even more impressive than the church. The guide also took us to a mosaic workshop where they are keeping the art alive, before we grabbed a drink and some pizza for tea on the way back to our hotel for a swim.

    Early night, ready for our bike ride tomorrow.

    Stayed: Mariam Hotel, Madaba
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  • Day2

    Madaba, Jordanien

    October 23 in Jordan

    Die Mosaikkarte von Madaba (auch Madaba-Mosaik oder Palästina-Mosaik) ist Teil eines spätantiken Mosaiks in der St.-Georgs-Kirche in Madaba (Jordanien). Das Madaba-Mosaik ist die älteste im Original erhaltene kartografische Darstellung des sogenannten Heiligen Landes und insbesondere Jerusalems. Sie stammt aus dem mittleren 6. Jahrhundert n. Chr.Read more

  • Day4

    de Madaba à Petra

    December 27, 2016 in Jordan

    Nous avons commencé notre journée par la visite d'une église à Madaba connue pour abriter une mosaïque byzantine représentant la carte de la Palestine. Là encore, nous devons faire appel à nos vieilles connaissance de cathé pour remettre les différents lieux dans leur contexte.

    Nous continuons notre route pour le mont Nébo, d'où Dieu aurait montré à Moïse la Terre promise sans toutefois lui permettre de l'atteindre. J'imagine la frustration !
    On ne sait pas si c'est vraiment l'endroit mentionné dans la bible mais en tout cas la vue sur le Jourdain, la mer morte et les montagnes de cisjordanie est magnifique. Et l'église tout juste restaurée abrite là encore de très belles mosaïques !

    Le programme du reste de la journée est malheureusement chamboulé par la météo et la récente attaque à main armée à Kerak. Exit la route des rois serpentant dans les montagnes et le château croisé de Kerak, nous passerons par l'autoroute du désert où, comme son nom l'indique, il n'y a pas grand chose à voir. Nous rejoignons les derniers kilomètres de la route des rois le temps de voir de loin le château de Sorash et les premiers flocons de neige sur les montagnes.

    Nous arrivons à notre hôtel près du site de Petra avant le coucher du soleil. Encore une longue (et froide ??) nuit d'attente !
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  • Day2

    Madaba, Jordan

    September 23, 2017 in Jordan

    I used Madaba as a base to visit the "top" of Jordan
    I stayed at the mariam hotel - reasonably priced with a pool but the best thing was the owners link to local taxis - so much cheaper than anywhere else - and people were more than willing to share taxis to various sites around the region

You might also know this place by the following names:

Ma’dabā, Ma'daba, Madaba, مأدبا, מידבא, Мадаба

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