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Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)

Madaba, Jordan
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Ranked #3 of 10 attractions in Madaba
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Richmond, Virginia
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332 reviews 332 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Given the size of the visitor center, I was surprised that we were the only people here. Apparently they will soon start charging for this attraction, but when we went it was still for free. Two things I really like about here. First, there are a ton of arches. Some are completely excavated, some are still partially covered. No shortage... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Our hotel receptionist organised a taxi to take us to this World Heritage site. It is worth your efforts to get here, a huge site, largely unexcavated, where your imagination can run wild but where, under a large hangar like structure, there is an amazing collection of mosaics. I especially liked those portraying Middle Eastern towns of the time. If... More

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Oswestry
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Umm ar-Rasas contains ruins from the Roman, Byzantine, and early Muslim civilizations. The majority of the site has not been excavated.  Among the portions excavated so far include a military camp and several churches. The most important discovery on the site was the mosaic floor of the Church of St Stephen. It was made in 785 (discovered after 1986). Another place to add to a bigger... More

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SOUTH AFRICA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Very few visitors , but well worth the visit. Ancient roman and Byzantine site, The church mosiac is so well perserved . The best mosiac in the church of St Stephens.

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New Hyde Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Although a bit out of the way, the site is well done, quiet and wonderful to visit. The mosaics in the church are well preserved and as nice as those in Madaba, Well worth the side trip

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SW England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The is an little visited site but well worth looking for and visiting. The site has Roman and Byzantine archaeology but perhaps the most spectacular is the mosaic on the floor of St Stephens Church, 8th century. It is one of the most amazing mosaics that you are likely to ever see. The site is very quiet but there are... More

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Manchester
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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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