Madaba
 
 

Madaba is the capital city of Madaba Governorate in central Jordan, which has a population of about 60,000. It is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of The Holy Land. Madaba is located 30 kilometres (19 miles) south-west of the capital Amman. The Catholic Church's list of titular sees uses the spelling "Medaba", traditional in reference to the ancient bishopric centred on this city, while at the same time referring to the modern city as Madaba.

Hippolytus mosaic
Upper section of the Hippolytus mosaic in the Archaeological Park of Madaba, Jordan

Hippolytus Hall
Interior of Hippolytus Hall with the Hippolytus mosaic on the floor. Located in the Archaeological Park of Madaba, Jordan.

Madaba Jerusalem Mosaic
A mosaic map of 6th century Jerusalem found under the floor of St George's Church in Madaba, Jordan. The map depicts some famous Old City structures such as the Damascus Gate, St Steven's Gate, the Golden Gate, the gate leading to Mount Zion, the Citadel (Tower of David), the Church of the Holy Sepulcre, and the Cardo Maximus.

Madaba visitors center
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Greek Orthodox Basilica of Saint George
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Madaba Handcraft
If you looking for an authentic Jordanian handicraft, Madaba is a place to go. The town is well known for its Byzantine mosaic art and the Mosaic School is evidence for the importance of this craft. The school trains to conserve and restore the ancient mosaics as well as to produce mosaics. You can find various, hand made mosaic souvenirs like vases, wall hangings and tables in Madaba. There are many shops around St Georges' Church and on the way to Mt Nebo where you can buy and watch how items are made.

Other local crafts are rugs, pottery and hand-painted ostrich eggs. The eggs are decorated with tiny dots of paint to create various designs, depicting scenes of ancient mosaics and Jordanian folklore.
 

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