A bit out of the beaten tracks, albeit exceptional for its Byzantine mosaics. A UNESCO site, though strangely abandoned...
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.
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
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
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.
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
This site is very much a work in progress for the visitor. Apart from the Church of St Stephen, which is wonderful the rest of the sight is a jumble of confusing ruins. We thoroughly enjoyed the adventure of working out what we were seeing and if you can allow a few hours here as we felt rushed and would... More
If travelling on the King's Highway and are close to Madaba, it's worth making the 10' detour (by car/taxi) to see this amazing site (UNESCO). A complex of ruined churches with some walls and apses still standing (you can stroll around, it's very atmospheric), and an incredible floor mosaic in one of the churches (St. Stephen's, 8th century AD), which... More
Sadly, this World Heritage site is often overlooked by tourists as the site is poorly presented and the labelling is appalling. There was no one there when I went which made it lovely as you can spend as much time as you like on each site. It was actually more fun to walk around the vast site and to look... More
If you own or manage Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a), register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.Manage your listing