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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Rashid3000
Faisalabad, Pakistan79 contributions
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, NY184 contributions
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, Philippines20,431 contributions
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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GreenThumb331
San Fernando, Philippines2,911 contributions
Apr 2019
The Madaba Map is part of a floor mosaic in the early Byzantine church of Saint George in Madaba, Jordan. Dating back to 6 AD, the map is the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem. The areas depicted include Lebanon, Nile Delta, Eastern desert and the Dead sea.

The most detailed element of the topographic depiction can be found at the center of the map which is Jerusalem. The mosaic clearly shows a number of significant structures in the Old City of Jerusalem: the Damascus Gate, the Lions' Gate, the Golden Gate, the Zion Gate, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Tower of David and the Cardo Maximus.

We were fortunate to have encountered a tour group which had a guide which gave a lecture on the details of the map. The talk enabled us to understand the mosaic. Otherwise, it is doubtful if one can decipher it on his own.
Written March 3, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
Jan 2020
Head to Saint George Greek Orthodox Church to see the oldest mosaic map of the Holy Land. Over two million tesserae (little tiles) once comprised this 6th century masterpiece referenced by early Christian pilgrims. A little over half of the map has survived the passage of time, negligence and purposeful defacing. But, thanks to a 1965 restoration effort, enough remains to take your breath away. The largest and most detailed element is Jerusalem, at the center. The map has even been used in recent times to authenticate Biblical geographic accounts. All the notations are in Greek. The Church Visitor’s Center has a helpful interpretive map for orientation.
Written March 31, 2020
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JimParkway
Toronto, Canada2,071 contributions
Feb 2020
The mosaic map lays on the floor of the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church. Great work of Art. Unfortunately, there are obstructions. You can go to the Introductory Map Room to see the full view of this map. There is also some more works inside the church as well. If you want to see more of these mosaic, there is a nearby mosaic workshop down the street from Mount Nebo.
Written July 5, 2020
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John F
Shoreline, WA174 contributions
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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Tissa.travels
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,202 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Nice colourfull church, renowed for showing the promised land on a mosaic, but there is a far better mosaic in a small church between Madaba and Mount Nebo (in Khirbet al-Mukhayyat).
Written May 4, 2015
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Kate L
Luzon, Philippines1,249 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
There were so much merchandise that we didn't know what to pick. Although at the end, we just bought light, small stuff that won't present a problem at the airport. Watching the workers there was truly awesome.
Written March 29, 2020
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kelledstyle
Montreal, Canada833 contributions
Jun 2019
This Greek Orthodox Church is famed for its mosaic map, which represents the oldest map of Palestine in existence and provides historical insights into the region. Entrance fee: 1 JOD. For more pictures, visit my Instagram (kelledstyle) ;-)
Written September 4, 2019
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