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Madaba

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  • 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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  • Day3

    Early morning start for a long day south.

    We head south west for under an hour to Mount Nebo, and the Basilica of Moses. The Basilica has a magnificent view over the Jordan Valley and the North end of the Dead Sea. Although hazy at this time in the morning, we can see the oasis town of Jericho and the place on the Jordan River were John did his baptisms.

    Mount Nebo is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land, and is where he died. No one knows precisely where. Although the Mount was inhabited far back, it was the Christians that built a church as a monument to Moses.
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  • Day2

    Berg Nebo, Jordanien

    October 23 in Jordan

    Der Berg Nebo (hebräisch הַר נְבוֹ Har Nəvō, arabisch جبل نيبو, Dschabal Nībū) im Gebirge Abǎrim liegt in Jordanien, er ist Ausläufer jenes Plateaus, das zum Toten Meer hin abfällt. Der Berg Nebo mit einer Höhe von 808 m bietet eine Aussicht in das Jordantal, auf das Tote Meer und nach Israel.
    Laut Deuteronomium ist der Berg Nebo jener Berg, von dem aus Mose das gelobte Land sehen durfte, aber sterben musste, ohne es selbst betreten zu haben. Die religiöse Bedeutung dieses Berges wurde von Papst Benedikt XVI. bei seiner Pilgerreise zu den Heiligen Stätten am 9. Mai 2009 auf folgende Weise beschrieben: „Von diesem heiligen Berg lenkt Mose unseren Blick […] auf die Erfüllung aller Verheißungen Gottes in Christus.“
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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

  • Day2

    Wadi Mudschib, Jordanien

    October 23 in Jordan

    Das Wadi Mudschib ist eine Schlucht im Bergland Jordaniens östlich des Toten Meeres und liegt 90 km südlich von Amman.
    Durch das Wadi Mudschib fließt der biblische Arnon, sofern er nicht oberhalb der Mujib-Talsperre während des Sommers zuweilen trocken fällt.

    Ansichten auf die Königsstrasse

    Die Königsstraße ist eine historische Handelsroute von Nordsyrien bis zum Roten Meer. Der Höhenweg hatte sich bereits vor etwa 4000 Jahren herausgebildet. „Diese Karawanenstraße, die Palästina östlich umgeht, wurde zu allen Zeiten dem Weg durch das Jordantal vorgezogen.“ Auch der moderne Reisende, der auf der R 35 von Amman über Madaba und Kerak Richtung Petra fährt, folgt dieser historischen Handelsroute.
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  • 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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  • Day4

    Mt. Nebo

    November 20 in Jordan

    After checking out, we leave Amman and our hotel at 8am. Tonight we will sleep in Petra, but we have lots of things to see on the way.

    The first stop is Mount Nebo, where Moses was shown the Holy Land before dying. The ruins on the mountain date back to over 3.000 years ago, before iron age. After a short walk through olive trees, we reach an impressive stone wheel. Apparently it was
    used as fortress door...
    The most spectacular part is however the panorama: the Jordanian desert is in front of us and stretches out as far as the eye can see. The sand in the air gives everything a golden touch that looks almost magical.

    We move further towards the top, where an even more spectacular view awaits us. We stand exactly in the point from where - according to the legend - Moses saw the Holy Land thousands of years ago: the Jordan River stretches from North to South flowing at the bottom of the Rift Valley all the way into the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (450m below sea level!!!). On the other side of the river we can clearly see Jericho and not far behind there is Jerusalem. Israel is just at half an hour drive from us!

    On the top of the mount there are the remains of an ancient church, built in the 6th-7th century AD.
    The most spectacular part is inside: old columns and, above all, magnificent mosaics surprisingly well preserved.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Muḩāfaz̧at Ma’dabā, Muhafazat Ma'daba, Madaba, محافظة مأدبا

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