After leaving Petra, we continued up the Kings Highway towards Amman. A small detour off the main road to Madaba. Madaba is quite a large City but is well known for the Mosaics that exist in the City.

Mosaics can be viewed on as the predecessor to stained glass windows – they tell stories or provide information about a location. The Madaba Map is part of a floor mosaic in the early Byzantine church of Saint George. The Madaba Map is a map of the Middle East. Part of it contains the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem. It dates to the 6th century AD.

A visit to this church allows you not only see the map, but also many other mosaics on the walls.

Mosaic Map - Madaba
Mosaic Map – Madaba

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