Madaba Travel Guide

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Madaba Things to Do

  • Daytrip - Mount Nebo

    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...

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  • St George's Church

    St George's Greek Orthodox church is *the* Madaba site, visited by each and every tour group in order to gaze at its wonderful and unique mosaic map. I'll write about the map in the next tip, but St George's would be worth a visit even if it did not have any ancient mosaics. The small church was built in 1896 and, as is typical of Orthodox...

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  • Archaeological Park

    Madaba's 'archaeological park' adjoins the Visitor Centre and is just a few minute's walk to the south-east of St George's Church. It is, imo, equally unmissable. The park was opened to the public in 1990 and includes many wonderful ancient mosaics, some of which come from elsewhere and some of which are still in their original position. The park...

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  • Daytrip - Moses Memorial Church

    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...

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  • Mosaic Map

    Before you enter the church to look at the map it's worth spending a few minutes looking at the large information board (in English) to the right of the church and perhaps also going into the small shop + interpretation centre (also to the right as you look at the church). Although the mosaic itself is accessible it is, obviously, roped off so it...

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  • Church of the Apostles

    This church-like early 20th century structure was built to protect the mosaics discovered by chance at this site in 1902. They belonged to a Byzantine-period church built in 578 AD, which was named the Church of the Apostles because of a mosaic with an inscription mentioning the Twelve Apostles. The main mosaic floor contains a central medallion...

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  • Burnt Palace

    A gap between the shops (mostly visitor-oriented) on pedestrianised Hussein Bin Ali Street leads to two excellent archaeological sites. If it wasn't for the brown sign outside it would be very easy to miss these...try not to do so, for both sites have lovely mosaics. The 'so-called 'Burnt Palace' is a pretty luxurious mansion which dates from the...

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  • Local Life

    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...

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  • Daytrip - Dead Sea

    The Dead Sea is Divided into the Jordanian Side and the Israel (West Bank) Side. This Tip will be on The Dead Sea Part of Jordan is located at the eastern shore and the Northern Part of the Jordanian Dead Sea lies in the Madaba Governate of which Madaba City is the Capital. There are a number of Resorts at the Dead Sea like the Mariott Hotel,...

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  • The Church of the Virgin

    The church of the Virgin is the first in-situ ancient site one comes across as one explore Madaba's extensive Archaeological Park, although there are many mosaics from elsewhere displayed on the walls as one walks towards it.There is quite a lot of academic debate about the exact date this church was built (you can read a detailed paper here if you...

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  • The 'Hippolytus Hall'.

    This is another site in Madaba's Archaeological Park.The 'Hippolytus Hall' is not its real name, of course. The name comes from the wonderful mosaic 'carpet' tellling part of the story of Hippolytus (a Greek traged by Euripedes) which was placed in one of the rooms of this Byzantine mansion.The Church of the Virgin (see tip) was built over this...

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  • The Crypt of St Elianus

    The ruined Church of the Prophet Elianus stands alongside, and somewhat above, the Roman 'Decumanus' in the Archaeological Park. Little is left of the church itself but the crypt beneath it (the Crypt of St Elianus) is better-preserved. It has some truly lovely and very intricate mosaics.Stairs led from the church into the crypt, ending at a square...

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Madaba Hotels

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  • Mosaic City Hotel

    Yarmouk St, PO Box 962, Madaba, 17110, Jordan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Salome Hotel

    I left Madaba to Petra and I was told by chales Towal that when I come back there might not be a...

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  • Queen Ayola Hotel

    Madaba, Jordan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Madaba Restaurants

  • Haret Jdoudna

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    On the same road as the St. George's Church is possibly Madaba's most famous eatery, the Haret Jdoudna. Inside the cool courtyard there is a cafe and a restaurant. The cafe serves up cheap snacks and strong coffee, the restaurant has a fine range of dishes, at a very good price, with a wonderful local ambience. It's popular with locals, tourists,...

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  • Local Food

    Madaba CIty has lots of local roadside stalls and eateries, offering anything from middle eastern sandwiches, assorted shawarmas, koftas, falafel, mezze, pita pizza breads and more. We ordered a take away in one of the road side stalls here before going to mount nebo, however since the letterings outside are arabic and the owners hardly know...

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  • Mat'am Ad-Diffatayn

    This local eatery serves delicious falafels and other simple Middle Eastern mezze. It is a no-frills place with tables, and a great place for a quick inexpensive meal. It is located on Talal Street, a short distance from St George Church.

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  • Haret Jdoudna

    On the same road as the St. George's Church is possibly Madaba's most famous eatery, the Haret Jdoudna. Inside the cool courtyard there is a cafe and a restaurant. The cafe serves up cheap snacks and strong coffee, the restaurant has a fine range of dishes, at a very good price, with a wonderful local ambience. It's popular with locals, tourists,...

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  • Madaba Road Stall Eateries

    Madaba CIty has lots of local roadside stalls and eateries, offering anything from middle eastern sandwiches, assorted shawarmas, koftas, falafel, mezze, pita pizza breads and more. We ordered a take away in one of the road side stalls here before going to mount nebo, however since the letterings outside are arabic and the owners hardly know...

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  • The place to eat in Madaba

    For lunch or dinner, Haret Jdoudna is probably the best place to eat in Madaba. It is housed in a charming old stone villa in the heart of town, built using a few recycled Roman-period materials, with a beautiful courtyard. It also contains a small shop selling local arts and crafts, ranging from scarves and clothes, to soaps and mosaic work. The...

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Madaba Transportation

  • Taxis

    Taxis in Jordan are a relatively economic, and very convenient, way of getting around. In Jihad, pictured, I had my own personal chauffeur for an entire week, for less than 250 euros, including trips to Jerash and Petra, and being picked up from the airport and delivered to King Hussein's bridge at the end of my visit. Jihad was a fantastic driver,...

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  • Big Tour Buses

    many of the tourists going to Madaba are christian pilgrims doing a holyland tour and Jordan is on the first leg and these pilgrims first stop after alighting at Queen Alia International Airport is at Madaba City and Mount Nebo, located 30 kilometers south of the airport and are using the big buses. this is the means of transport so that they can...

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  • Getting to Madaba

    Madaba is located about 45 minutes by car/taxi from Amman. It is also a quick 30 minute taxi ride from the airport. My first visit to Madaba in December 2010 was when I had several hours at the Amman airport and decided to leave the airport and come to Madaba for a quick dinner and a walk around town. I was back in Madaba a few days later, this...

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Madaba Shopping

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  • Mosaics

    The Arts & Handicraft Center faces the road between Madaba and Mount Nebo, on the left as you travel the 6km or so from Madaba.Some lovely and intricate mosaics are hand-produced by local people on site (you can see the elaborate, time-consuming process being demonstrated) as well as some which, to me, seemed rather clumsy. All the colours used are...

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  • Popular Souvenir and Mosaic's Shop

    Nebo's Pearl is a large Handicraft cum Mosaic cum Souvenir Shop located along the Mount Nebo Road about a 2 minute drive to Mount Nebo Church and 5 minute drive to downtown Madaba. Inside this large complex are areas devoted to mosaics making, a large showroom of olive wood and other wood products like crucifixes, rosaries, saints, jordanian...

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  • Shopping in Madaba

    Madaba is a very good place to buy authentic Jordanian handicrafts. Madaba is well known or its carpets and rugs, as well as mosaics.There are many shops around the Church of the Map, so take you time and compare prices before you buy anything. MosaicsRugsCeramics Haggle

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Madaba Local Customs

  • Jordanian Dead Sea Fridge Magnets

    this will be my pictures of the Jordanian Dead Sea Fridge MagnetsBeing an avid collector of Fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, buying these items while in Madaba City and Mount Nebo is a must, you can buy these souvenirs everywhere, at souvenir shops, markets, stores in madaba city and even vendors and hawkers at mount nebo offer these...

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  • Madaba Shot Glasses

    this pictures will be on the madaba city shot glassesBeing an avid collector of Fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, buying these items while in Madaba City and Mount Nebo is a must, you can buy these souvenirs everywhere, at souvenir shops, markets, stores in madaba city and even vendors and hawkers at mount nebo offer these products and...

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  • Madaba Fridge Magnets

    this pictures will be on the madaba fridge magnetsBeing an avid collector of Fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, buying these items while in Madaba City and Mount Nebo is a must, you can buy these souvenirs everywhere, at souvenir shops, markets, stores in madaba city and even vendors and hawkers at mount nebo offer these products and a...

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Madaba Warnings and Dangers

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    i was in Madaba with my family in December and january over Xmast period. Our guide took us to the Madaba Handicraft center where we met several people and they explain us the good work they do. We bought a beautiful table and ask them to be delivery to our home in HK. the point is that the table arrived after 2 months PERFECTLY. it was the same...

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  • bait and switch number two

    I was in Madaba in october and I spent a significant amoutn on four items. My package arrived around Christmas and it is not what I ordered, not the quality. I have asked them to fix it or return my money and I will countact the tour guide and the tour group to warn them. If they fix it I will certainly post a good review.

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  • madaba handicraft center

    I would like to tell our friends how can a big gift shop do that when they have over 6 m USD of inventory i just cant believe such stories just to inform you that we ship out of Jordan from our shop over 2 m usd yearly we never had a problem at all but some they would like to take a free raid and that is uncalled for thank you

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Madaba Off The Beaten Path

  • Roman Catholic Mass at Mount Nebo

    I visited Mount Nebo on a holyland pilgrimage as I am a Roman Catholic, and one of the highlights of our madaba and mount nebo visit is by having mass inside one of Mount Nebo's chapels adorned with mosaics. They only allow masses inside the private chapels for Roman Catholic Pilgrims with their accompanying pilgrimage Priests as this area is under...

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  • Mosaic Making Factory at Nebo Pearl Shop

    Madaba is known as the city of Mosaics and the area has many mosaics of different periods and due to this, Madaba has a mosaic school that churns out artisans and if you don't have the time to visit a mosaic making factory, the Nebo Pearl Mosaics and Shop has an entire area devoted to mosaic making and you will see madaba artisans making various...

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  • The Dead Sea

    Some 40 minutes by car from Madaba and 1200 metres lower is the amazing natural wonder known as the Dead Sea. It is a salty water lake that fills the bottom of the Jordan Rift Valley and separates Jordan from Palestine and Israel. It is well worth making a day trip to the Dead Sea for the scenic drive and to experience floating like you've never...

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Madaba Favorites

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    by machomikemd Written Aug 19, 2013

    Favorite thing: The King's Highway is an old trade route that criss crosses the middle east and one of it's major branches straddles Jordan of which Madaba is one of the Major stops. Today the king's highway is now in apshalt and runs the breadth of jordan. The King’s Highway is mentioned in the Old Testament: Moses was refused permission to travel on it by the king of Edom, and later the Nabateans, from their power base in Petra, used it to trade luxury goods between Arabia and Syria. When the Romans annexed the Nabatean kingdom, Emperor Trajan renovated the ancient road to facilitate travel and communications between his regional capital at Bosra, now in southern Syria, and Aqaba on the Red Sea coast. Early Christian pilgrims visited a number of sites on and off the road around Madaba, whose beautiful Byzantine mosaics still merit a pilgrimage today. The Crusaders used the highway as the linchpin of their Kingdom of Oultrejourdain, fortifying positions along the road at Karak and Shobak , where extensive remains of castles survive – and also at Petra and Aqaba.

    Fondest memory: along the king's highway to madaba

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Explore Deeper into Madaba
The Archaeological Park.
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Hussein Bin Ali Street: Martyr's Church
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Hussein Bin Ali Street : the 'Burnt Palace'
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St George's Church 2: the mosaic map
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Visit the Visitors' Centre
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St George's Church 1: not the mosaic.
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Museum
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Church of St. George
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Madaba City 2
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St. George Greek Orthodox Basilica: Mosaic Map
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St. George Greek Orthodox Basilica: Inside
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St. George Greek Orthodox Basilica: Guest Center
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St. George Greek Orthodox Basilica: Overview
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Madaba City
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Mount Nebo: Moses Burial Place
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Mount Nebo: Overview
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Mount Nebo: Holyland Lookout
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Mount Nebo: Unearthed Mosaics Display
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Mount Nebo: Mini Musuem
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Mount Nebo: Memorial Church of Moses
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Serpentine Cross of Mount Nebo
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Mount Nebo Fridge Magnets
Local Customs
Jordanian Dead Sea Products
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Northern Dead Sea (Jordanian Part)
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Church of Prophet Elias & Crypt of St Elianos
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Madaba Archaeological Park - Roman Cardo Maximus
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Greek Orthodox Basilica of St George
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Mount Nebo
Off The Beaten Path
Keeping Mosaic Art Alive...
Local Customs
Madaba, the town
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Cathedral of St John the Baptist
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The Oldest Mosaic in Jordan
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Madaba Archaeological Park
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Grand Mosque of Madaba
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Hippolytus Hall & Church of the Virgin
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Ruins of the Burnt Palace & Martyrs Church
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Church of the Apostles
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St. George's Church
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The Costs of taxi from Madaba to sites
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The Greek Orthodox Church of St George
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