An Ancient Map of the Holy Land

A saint Over the alter Mosaic scene Painting on column


We stopped in Madaba on the way to the Dead Sea. In this town is a lovely little church, built in 1896 AD over a 6th century Byzantine church, that is home to a floor mosaic of mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. There are a number of visitors to this site and it takes a little patience if you wish to get a photo of something that everyone else wants a photo of. We then did a little shopping across the street at the two shops. Mosaics were the featured items in the shops, rather than the Palestinian glass we saw at Wadi Rum or the quilted items we saw in Petra. We found pretty glass ornaments with paintings of the city on them to bring back as gifts for our families.

Detail of mosaic floor with buildings Detail of mosaic floor with names of towns Detail of mosaic floor with fish in stream


Nearby Places

We stayed at the Mövenpick at the Dead Sea after visiting this site. During the same day we also visited the baptism site at the Jordan River, stopped at Mt. Nebo, and swam in the Dead Sea.