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Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)

Madaba, Jordan
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Madaba
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Calgary, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This site is about 40 minutes outside of Madaba. I feel like it might be difficult to find without a driver. The old Roman garrison town was falling apart and not in good shape, but the mosaics were well preserved. It was nice to see that they were protected as a lot of the history in Jordan is not. For... More 

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Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Umm ar-Rasas (or Um er-Rasas) is slightly off the main road, but if you have a rental car it is easy to get to. Follow the signs from the Desert Highway just south of Madaba. The site is only partly excavated so you have the feeling that you are threading on virgin ground. There are some astonishing ruins, but the... More 

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london
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

slightly out of the way but worth it for their beautiful mosaics in an atmospheric setting and forlorn tower. Free to visit

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Hilversum
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Great site to visit. Very quiet, information is excellent. Churches with fabulous mosaic floors. Can bereached by public transportation but few buses only

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Amman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

After driving 40 Minute to south-east of Madaba The Stop Was Really Breathless ... After walk in this place you feel you like to walk again and again to catch what your eyes missed of The Art in this corner or another .. and i have to say the visitor center good and there is a bath Room and parking... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I think this is one of the most animating place in the global But unfortunately , as most of touristic places in jordan , this place has not a proper media coverage

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Speers Point, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

If Um er-Rasas was a primary school child the report card would read "...... could try harder"! There is a lot to see at the sight but it seems like the commercial platform (Visitors Centre) to support it has been completed before a sensible level of archaeological restoration has occurred! Pros: Great floor mozaics, a great selection of ruins from... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

the site is one of the UNISCO world heritage sites, but it's not a real tourists attraction even the road to it is a regular road. but this site is quiet amazing to see if your interest is religion since it was like the first theology center in the world and that's where the importance of it comes from.

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

One of the best preserved mosaic map are still in Um-er-Rasas church. you will be able to walk around and see the old village with more than 17 churches scattered all over.

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Richmond, Virginia
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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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