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“Super friendly staff”

Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Madaba
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Owner description: On December 7, 1967 the Vatican recognized the historic Catholic Church in Madaba, belonging to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as a Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and urged visitors and pilgrims to visit this sacred site.
Cambridge MA
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“Super friendly staff”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We got more than we bargained for at our visit here. Interesting site, but also a very friendly staff who gave us an overview of the entire area. Don't miss climbing the bell tower!

Visited October 2012
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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“Don't miss this hidden Gem”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Whilst the Madaba Map at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George may be the best known place to visit in Madaba, the Roman Catholic Church of St John the Baptist, makes for a much more interesting visit. We were shown around by the curator who seemed to magically appear Mr Ben like in different places. The ancient well found below the church is worth a look, take a torch. Some of the ancient pathways beneath the church are quite low and narrow, so be prepared. We took the narrow stairs up the bell tower for a scenic view over Madaba, just make sure you don't bump your head on the low beams that support the bells. The gallery around the outside of the bell tower is very narrow and not for those suffering from vertigo.

Visited September 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Visit later in the day if you can”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

The mosaic and the church is exceptional. We visited later in the day so no tour buses and more time to understand the key features on the mosaic and also take in more of the ambience of the church

Visited November 2012
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Cologne, Germany
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“an oasis of peace within a bustling city”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Includes ancient tunnels and a 3000 yr old well below the church. Go up the tower for a view of Madaba.

Visited October 2012
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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“Beautiful church”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Madaba is famous for its mosaic in St. George's church, but in this church we saw an even beaufiful mosaic and a very old well.

Visited September 2012
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