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Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)

Madaba, Jordan
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Madaba
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Manchester
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is a hidden gem, and surprisingly well signposted. The mosaics are breathtaking, and yet the site is all but deserted.Really well worth a detour, if only to look at St, Stephen's church.

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Alstead, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

If you're into archaeology as we are, it's well worth a visit. The mosaics are incredibly preserved, and the site overall was one continuous wonderful discovery.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I stopped here on the way to Petra and I am so glad I did. I didn't do much research prior to my trip and ran across this just before leaving. We arranged a private taxi from Madaba to Petra with a number of stops along the way. This was by far one of the best sites i visited. I... More

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Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

A bit out of the beaten tracks, albeit exceptional for its Byzantine mosaics. A UNESCO site, though strangely abandoned...

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Mind bogglingly large mosaic that defies expectations. Also some other beauties around the main attraction that give you the idea that you are yourself some kind of archeologist when you find yourself uncovering mosaics that are repeatedly covered by the sand.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

very atmospheric location , seemingly in the middle of dessert. Extensive ruins and the main mosaics enormous and impressive despite the strange interventions of the iconoclasts

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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This archaeological site is seemingly in the middle of nowhere. We only saw 3 other people there when we visited. Ruins of several Byzantine churches occupy the site. You haven't seen Jordan's mosaics until you visit the Church of St. Stephen. The church contains the largest preserved mosaic floor in Jordan --- making it worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Mohammed, the guide who came out to show me around, was fantastic. We walked through the site, and he pointed out highlights and good photos. He clearly knew his material, and while English was clearly not his first language, we communicated fine. After our tour, he invited me for coffee, and I joined all the tourist police there on duty... More

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Worthing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

It's a World Heritage Site that UNESCO, and everyone else, seems to have forgotten. A very atmospheric ruin with some fabulous mosaics from an interesting period. Had it to ourselves, which was great, but the site deserves more visitors.

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Binghamton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

It is special for its archeological value, World famous mosiac and a unique example of an ancient Christian ascetic practice: nead by the main site, there is a stylite column still standing. Not easy to get too, but totaly worthy the experience. Beware, toilet on site does not have any running water :( Thus, perhpas it should not be called... More

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