Madaba Mosaic Map
Madaba Mosaic Map
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This fascinating map of the Holy Land, now housed in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, was made in the 6th century out of two million stone pieces.
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  • newflyer
    Bridgeport, Connecticut1,223 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be aware there is no parking at this site
    Great site to see. There is no parking so my driver had to drive around and around until my guide and I were finished. The map outside is very helpful. It was unfortunate that the site was being renovated while I was there so much of it inside the church was covered with plastic. Still worth going to so your guide can tell you all about what the map shows.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • browncondo2102
    Kitchener, Canada1,763 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    St. George Greek Orthodox Church
    In Modaba you will find the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. It was built in 1896 over the remains of a 6th century Byzantine Church. The incredibly preserved mosaic map shows the region from Lebanon to the Nile River Delta. The original map was 1.020 sq. ft. but only 1/4 of its colourful depiction remains.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Maria0Magdalena
    London, United Kingdom555 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical treasure with poor exhibition
    We went to Madaba en route from Amman to the Dead Sea, also stopping at Mt Nebo on the way. Start at the Madaba Vistor's centre where you will get a pamphlet and you can follow a line in the pavement, taking you around the little town. Jordan Pass does not work here. I understand the historical significance of the mosaic, but 3 stars only as it's not exactly exhibited in a way that makes experiencing it effective. There is a rope around it, people crowd and push, stepping on the mosaic's edges, and the side vantage is poor. A high-quality glass on top, with people walking over it would be so much better. If you do visit Madaba, make sure you do go around the archaeological park.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mosaic map is well preserved
    The Madaba Mosaic Map is a map of the world. The map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St George. It's quite fascinating, a representation of the world as people saw it in ancient times. The mosaic is quite intricate, it's worth giving it a look over, it's well preserved.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 8, 2023
  • KMLondon22
    London, United Kingdom202 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic map of the Holy Land
    Unless you have a guide, make sure you get an explanatory pamphlet from the ticket office (Jordan Pass does not apply for entry). With an interest in the history of the region I was impressed by the section that remains of the historic map of the Holy Land & what was achieved in creating it, however I'm not sure everyone will feel it worth the visit. As others have said, viewing of the mosaic could be facilitated better & the mosaic better protected. The visit will take only 10 minutes. There are other mosaics to see in Madaba (which are covered by the Jordan pass), but otherwise the town does not take long to see. The streets around St George are full of souvenir shops.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Vogel S
    Schaffhausen, Switzerland69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Madaba, the city of mosaics
    My Solotrip through Jordan lead me to Madaba. You shouldn’t miss the beautiful mosaics in this small city, if you travel to Jordan. It’s not so famous like Petra, but worth to see it. Thanks to my driver Ibrahim, he arranged a good guide for me to show me the beauty of these mosaics. Really fascinating this kind of performing art. Don’t miss it. I can warmly recommend to make a tour through Jordan with private driver like Ibrahim (contact 00962 7 7236 5512) he’s very kind, helpful can even organize your Jordan tour (incl. hotels) Don’t even hesitate to visit Jordan now. I can witness, it’s very safe, I never got involved with the actual situation in the neighbor country Israel/Gaza. Jordan will welcome you.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Jan J
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Byzantine mosaics still in good shape.
    Madaba is extremely interesting because of its early (Byzantine) mosaics. Three churches stand out: St Mary’s, St George’s and Church of the Apostles. St Mary has a fascinating mosaic, including Aphrodite and Adonis spanking the Eros child, and transitions between Byzantine and Umayyad parts. St George has the famous Madaba map of the Middle East, with Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, and the river Nile still intact and well positioned..The church is under renovation and the mosaics could have benefited from dusting or gentle cleaning. The Church of the Apostles had for us the best mosaics with the Mediterranean (thalassa) as its center. The birds (green parots) surrounding the center were beautiful, and some mythological figures (e.g., Bacchus) were als still very much intact. All churches are highly recommended.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 19, 2024
  • Ariyya
    476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intriguing
    A large mosaic map showing the lands as they were in ancient times. Although parts of it are gone, it's still an intriguing look at the towns and land divisions back then. You'll spend 39 mins max here but it's definitely worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Sue W
    Ilkeston, United Kingdom1,185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well preserved and housed in the church
    This mosaic is housed in the Church of St. George which also has a small gift shop. It is quite central in Madaba. The shop shows pictures of the map and you can see the damage done by escavations before the map was discovered. When looking at the original mosaic it clearly shows the different areas of the Holy Land.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 26, 2024
  • Richard M
    Hampstead Norreys, United Kingdom893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute star
    The mosaic if the floor of the church dedicated to St George in Madaba. There is a shop where you get your tickets with a large picture of the map which is a great place to get started and orientate yourself. The church is an absolute star. The mosaic is breathtaking and one of the most beautiful things you can see. Amazing.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2024
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Rashid3000
Faisalabad, Pakistan75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This church is the main reason for travelers to visit Madaba. After thermal scanning and special approval by our guide, we visited St George Church. We spotted Jerusalem, Jericho, Jordan River, Dead Sea, Bethlehem, and many other prominent places of the middle east with the help of our guide. This mosaic map is dated back to the 6th century AD. In addition to this mosaic map, several mosaic paintings were hanging on the wall of the church. Our guide gave us a detailed and pre-visit presentation to the church.
Written January 14, 2022
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smvNYC
New York City, NY359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The mosaic is inside a Greek Orthodox church that has wonderful decorations (including many mosaic icons). Visiting it was quite easy (we were the only visitors at that time). Seeing the mosaic map gives you an understanding of the area and of the history of the region. A small gift shop is in the courtyard and for a couple of Jordanian Dinars one can purchase a large photo of the map.
Written August 29, 2021
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palawanismyhome
Palawan Island, Philippines24,387 contributions
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Sep 2021
This magnificent mosaic map was the reason many people visit Madaba. It is 1400 years old nd the first original map of the Holy Land. The map was made by unknown Christians and was hidden for centuries until it was rediscovered in the late 19th century. I believe the map was made from 2 million pieces of mosaic tiles.
Written September 21, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This Mosaic Map is quite extraordinary. It shows a mosaic map the world as it was believed to be at the end of the Roman era, when the Byzantine Empire had taken over from Rome as the centre of the known world. The world of the 6th Century AD is not the one we know today. With a guide to explain the mosaic maps idiosyncrasies and the historical and religious background, the mosaic map begins to make sense.
Written November 13, 2022
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MMZurich
Zurich, Switzerland66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The map itself does not live up to the hype. (Even though it is definitely a remarkable achievement! But, there are only fragments to see, some covered up by carpet, with no one to provide help or explanation.) However, the nearby open-air Archeological Park has more extensive mosaics with useful interpretative signs. Wish we had had more time to explore Madaba altogether. Recommend visiting the Tree of Life Mosaic School for a fascinating look at how mosaics are made, and to be able to buy a beautiful mosaic.
Written May 25, 2024
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KMLondon22
London, UK202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Unless you have a guide, make sure you get an explanatory pamphlet from the ticket office (Jordan Pass does not apply for entry). With an interest in the history of the region I was impressed by the section that remains of the historic map of the Holy Land & what was achieved in creating it, however I'm not sure everyone will feel it worth the visit. As others have said, viewing of the mosaic could be facilitated better & the mosaic better protected. The visit will take only 10 minutes. There are other mosaics to see in Madaba (which are covered by the Jordan pass), but otherwise the town does not take long to see. The streets around St George are full of souvenir shops.
Written November 20, 2023
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Jadranka P
London, UK730 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Madaba , famous for having a variety of immaculate Byzantine mosaics depicting a range of scenes with the most famous being the large 6th century mosaic map, said to contain the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem. The guides are not allowed to explain you history inside so every tour stops outside in front of big map to hear explanation and than goes inside for the visit and picture time. Approximately 15-30 minutes stop. Note that on the left side there is a bit of map covered by carpet that a lot of people miss.
Written February 27, 2023
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John F
Edmonds, WA165 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
...do make a stop into this site where the map of the floor is the star attraction. It allowed people to make far more educated assumptions about many of the locations of historic sites in and around Jerusalem. Do also take a minute to peruse the other mosaics as there are a few that you may not see anywhere else!
Written March 5, 2020
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bgtoca
Vancouver, Canada129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This historical treasure is the oldest mosaic of the holy land. It's housed in an orthodox church in Madaba, a city with a large Christian population. If you'd like learn about the map in detail, it's best to hire a guide. Otherwise its very hard to make out what's what on the map. You're allowed to take photos, but you'll be jostling for space to take a photo during the tourist high season.
Written May 17, 2023
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Vogel S
Schaffhausen, Switzerland69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
My Solotrip through Jordan lead me to Madaba. You shouldn’t miss the beautiful mosaics in this small city, if you travel to Jordan. It’s not so famous like Petra, but worth to see it. Thanks to my driver Ibrahim, he arranged a good guide for me to show me the beauty of these mosaics. Really fascinating this kind of performing art. Don’t miss it.
I can warmly recommend to make a tour through Jordan with private driver like Ibrahim (contact 00962 7 7236 5512) he’s very kind, helpful can even organize your Jordan tour (incl. hotels)
Don’t even hesitate to visit Jordan now. I can witness, it’s very safe, I never got involved with the actual situation in the neighbor country Israel/Gaza. Jordan will welcome you.
Written November 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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