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    Museum

    by xaver Written Jan 8, 2014

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    The museum is a few blocks away fom the church of St. George. Its greatest attraction is a collection of mosaics collages, some of them are really in excellent cnditions.
    The museum is open Wednesday through Monday 09:00-17:00, holidays 10:00-16:00

    address Al-Baiqa’ St

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    Church of St. George

    by xaver Written Jan 8, 2014

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    The main attraction f this Byzantine church is the moaic of the map of the holy land. This map initially was part of the floor of the church and actually it is the oldest map existent, built during the reign of emperor Justinian, AD 527-565.
    In the church you also find some very nice paintings.
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    Madaba City 2

    by machomikemd Written Aug 21, 2013
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    Part two of my Madaba City Tips with more pictures.

    Madaba City is the Capital of Madaba Governorate and is just 30 kilometers south of Amman along the King's Highway. The city host a number of attractions and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, Madaba is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. The northern part of the city turned out to be the area containing the greatest concentration of mosaic monuments. During the Byzantine-Umayyad period, this northern area, crossed by a colonnaded Roman road, saw the building of the Church of the Map, the Hippolytus Mansion, the Church of the Virgin Mary, the Church of Prophet Elijah with its crypt, the Church of the Holy Martyrs (Al-Khadir), the Burnt Palace and the Church of the Sunna' family, Other mosaic masterpieces found in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and the Archaeological Museum, depict a profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. Hundred of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba and don't forget Mount Nebo, the site of Moses Burial and the Observation Point of the Promised Land.

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    St. George Greek Orthodox Basilica: Mosaic Map

    by machomikemd Written Aug 21, 2013

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    this will be the pictures of the world famous holyland mosaics found at the flooring of the st. george greek orthodox basilica. The Madaba Mosaic Map depicts Jerusalem with the Nea Church, which was dedicated on the 20th of November, AD 542. Buildings erected in Jerusalem after 570 are absent from the depiction, thus limiting the date range of its creation to the period between 542 and 570. The mosaic was made by unknown artists, probably for the Christian community of Madaba, which was the seat of a bishop at that time.

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    The mosaic map depicts an area from Lebanon in the north to the Nile Delta in the south, and from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Eastern Desert. Among other features, it depicts the Dead Sea with two fishing boats, a variety of bridges linking the banks of the Jordan, fish swimming in the river and receding from the Dead Sea; a lion (rendered nearly unrecognisable by the insertion of random tesserae during a period of iconoclasm) hunting a gazelle in the Moab desert, palm-ringed Jericho, Bethlehem and other biblical-Christian sites. The map may partially have served to facilitate pilgrims' orientation in the Holy Land. All landscape units are labelled with explanations in Greek. A combination of folding perspective and aerial view depicts about 150 towns and villages, all of them labelled.

    The largest and most detailed element of the topographic depiction is Jerusalem, at the centre of the map. 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 Sepulchre, the New Church of the Theotokos, the Tower of David and the Cardo Maximus. The recognisable depiction of the urban topography makes the mosaic a key source on Byzantine Jerusalem. Also unique are the detailed depictions of cities such as Neapolis, Askalon, Gaza, Pelusium and Charachmoba, all of them nearly detailed enough to be described as street maps.

    The St. George Greek Orthodox Church is the main attraction of Madaba City as it hosts the mosaic map of the holy land, The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 sq.m., only about a quarter of which is preserved. The St. George Greek Orthodox Church us actually a large complex, with the Mosaic Remains lining the small church in the complex. Although there are many attractions in Madaba City Besides the St. George Basilica, like Mount Nebo, Church of th Virgin Mary or the Church of the Prophet Elijah, This is the main attraction due to the mosaic map.

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    8am-5pm Sat-Thu Nov-Mar,
    7.30am-6pm Sat-Thu Apr-Oct,
    9.30am-5pm Fri year-round

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    St. George Greek Orthodox Basilica: Inside

    by machomikemd Written Aug 21, 2013
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    This will be pictures of the Inside of the St. George Greek Orthodox Basilica, you will see the difference between the greek orthodox church layout and the roman catholic church layout, where the greek orthodox church has wooden dividers to separate the patriarch and the parishioners when saying mass, while roman catholic churches don't have dividers.

    The St. George Greek Orthodox Church is the main attraction of Madaba City as it hosts the mosaic map of the holy land, The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 sq.m., only about a quarter of which is preserved. The St. George Greek Orthodox Church us actually a large complex, with the Mosaic Remains lining the small church in the complex. Although there are many attractions in Madaba City Besides the St. George Basilica, like Mount Nebo, Church of th Virgin Mary or the Church of the Prophet Elijah, This is the main attraction due to the mosaic map.

    Hours:
    8am-5pm Sat-Thu Nov-Mar,
    7.30am-6pm Sat-Thu Apr-Oct,
    9.30am-5pm Fri year-round

    admission is free.

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    St. George Greek Orthodox Basilica: Guest Center

    by machomikemd Written Aug 21, 2013
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    This will be pictures of the St. George Guest Center, situated beside the Basilica, where a holyland map replica and viewing room where tour guides can explain about the mosaic map of the holyland and show a video presentation. it also has a souvenir store where you can buy souvenir and religous items.

    The St. George Greek Orthodox Church is the main attraction of Madaba City as it hosts the mosaic map of the holy land, The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 sq.m., only about a quarter of which is preserved. The St. George Greek Orthodox Church us actually a large complex, with the Mosaic Remains lining the small church in the complex. Although there are many attractions in Madaba City Besides the St. George Basilica, like Mount Nebo, Church of th Virgin Mary or the Church of the Prophet Elijah, This is the main attraction due to the mosaic map.

    Hours:
    8am-5pm Sat-Thu Nov-Mar,
    7.30am-6pm Sat-Thu Apr-Oct,
    9.30am-5pm Fri year-round

    admission is free.

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    St. George Greek Orthodox Basilica: Overview

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 20, 2013
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    The St. George Greek Orthodox Church is the main attraction of Madaba City as it hosts the mosaic map of the holy land, The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 sq.m., only about a quarter of which is preserved. The St. George Greek Orthodox Church us actually a large complex, with the Mosaic Remains lining the small church in the complex. Although there are many attractions in Madaba City Besides the St. George Basilica, like Mount Nebo, Church of th Virgin Mary or the Church of the Prophet Elijah, This is the main attraction due to the mosaic map.

    Hours:
    8am-5pm Sat-Thu Nov-Mar,
    7.30am-6pm Sat-Thu Apr-Oct,
    9.30am-5pm Fri year-round

    admission is free.

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    Madaba City

    by machomikemd Written Aug 19, 2013
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    Madaba City is the Capital of Madaba Governorate and is just 30 kilometers south of Amman along the King's Highway. The city host a number of attractions and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, Madaba is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. The northern part of the city turned out to be the area containing the greatest concentration of mosaic monuments. During the Byzantine-Umayyad period, this northern area, crossed by a colonnaded Roman road, saw the building of the Church of the Map, the Hippolytus Mansion, the Church of the Virgin Mary, the Church of Prophet Elijah with its crypt, the Church of the Holy Martyrs (Al-Khadir), the Burnt Palace and the Church of the Sunna' family, Other mosaic masterpieces found in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and the Archaeological Museum, depict a profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. Hundred of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba and don't forget Mount Nebo, the site of Moses Burial and the Observation Point of the Promised Land.

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    Mount Nebo: Moses Burial Place

    by machomikemd Written Aug 19, 2013
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    On the Eastern Side of Mount Nebo is a vista point where it is alleged that where Moses was Buried. According to Christian tradition and Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible, the Torah, Moses was buried here on the mountain, although his place of burial is not specified and local jordanians claim that the area is at the eastern part of Mount Nebo along the many nooks and crannies of Mount Nebo here in the Moabite Mountain Range.

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    Mount Nebo: Overview

    by machomikemd Written Aug 19, 2013
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    Mount Nebo is the main pilgrimage site for christians around the world in Jordan, this is the first stop of a Holy Land Pilgrimage that retraces the steps of Moses finding the promised land and ends at Egypt, where the Holy family hid during the time that King Herod tried to find and kill the messiah (jesus). Mount Nebo is approximately 817 meters (2680 feet) above sea level, mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land that he would never enter. Below Mount Nebo is the alleged Burial Site of Moses (of which is still not found at the present) The view from the summit provides a panorama of the Holy Land and, to the north, a more limited one of the valley of the River Jordan, it has two peaks and is the highest of the Moabite Mountains.

    In Mount Nebo is a church complex with ancient byzantine chapels, Old Baptisery, Theotokos Chapel, Mosaic Remains, Private chapels, etc. admission here is free and the complex is located 8 kilometers west of Madaba City and 39 kilometers from Amman.

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    Mount Nebo: Holyland Lookout

    by machomikemd Written Aug 19, 2013
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    The Holyland lookout is located at the end of Mount Nebo Church Complex at Syagha which is the higest peak of mount nebo (mount nebo has two peaks), this is the traditional spot where Moses had a look of the promised land (Israel) of which he was not destined to enter. The Vista Point provides sweeping and panoramic views of the Northern Dead Sea, the West Bank, the Jordan River, Judean Desert and, on a clear day, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. There is a marker with shows the locations with arrows and the distance of these areas in kilometers.

    According to the final chapter of Deuteronomy of the Christian Bible Old Testamament, Moses ascended Mount Nebo to view the Land of Israel: And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho

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    Mount Nebo: Unearthed Mosaics Display

    by machomikemd Written Aug 19, 2013
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    at the Middle of Mount Nebo Complex, near the Moses Burial Viewpoint, there is a large tent that covers the various excavations of mosaics and other artifacts that were found here at mount nebo in the 1930's, some of these mosaics are now at the Archaelogical Museum in Madaba but they still have some artifacts left here for tourists, locals and pilgrims to see.

    admission is free

    opens: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    Mount Nebo: Mini Musuem

    by machomikemd Written Aug 19, 2013
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    Int the Middle of Mount Nebo ,besides the private chapels on the way going to the vista point to view the holy land, is a mini musuem of various artifacts and mosaics found in moiunt nebo. Inside you will se various crafts, mosaics, ancient artifacts, pictures and dioramas of various objects and historical trivia of the history of Mount Nebo and Madaba.

    Admission is Free.

    Opens: 7: 00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    Mount Nebo: Memorial Church of Moses

    by machomikemd Written Aug 19, 2013
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    the Memorial Church of Moses is the main church structure of the mount nebo area and inside you would see assorted mosaics built in the 4rth and 5th centuries of flowers and animals but unfortunately, it was under renovation when we visited so we did not enter as it was closed. The site is being maintained by the Roman Catholic Franciscan Order in cooperatrion with the government of jordan.

    admission to mount nebo is free and the area is popular visit even for the local muslims.

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    Serpentine Cross of Mount Nebo

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 17, 2013
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    the Sepentine Cross of Mount Nebo lies at the top in Syagha, the tallest peak of Mount Nebo in the Moabite Mountains and lies beside the still undergoing restoration Byzantine Church and just below the Promontory of Mount Nebo lookout. The Serpentine Cross was designed by Italian artist, Giovanni Fantoni, who is credited with designing the metal decorations inside the still under restoration sanctuary as well as the Serpentine Cross (The Brazen Serpent Monument) on the exterior. It is one of the attractions inside the Mount Nebo Sanctuary and Church. It is symbolic of the bronze serpent created by Moses in the wilderness (Numbers 21:4-9) and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified (John 3:14).

    I will have separate tips of the other mount nebo attractions.

    The Mount Nebo Sanctuary is under the Care and Possesion of the Franciscan Order of the Roman Catholic Church and is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday.

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