The 10 Best Things to Do in Madaba, Jordan

September 14, 2017 Velvet Mowry

Madaba (Arabic: مادبا‎; Biblical Hebrew: מֵידְבָא‬ Meidvah) is the capital city of Madaba Governorate in central Jordan, with 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.
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1. Localtrips-net

Madaba 11101, Jordan +962 7 7618 5000
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Localtrips-net

Looking for a taxi , Book online and pay to the driver, we offer Safe Reliable and Cheap transportation in All Jordan . Weather you want to go from Amman to Petra , or Petra to Dead Sea , Day trips from any city , cultural trips with a local guide , or even rent a car with a driver and go where ever you want and when ever you like. We have a great deals page that we update daily , up to 50% discounts are available on specified dates.

Reviewed By Rob20042004 - Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Booked 4 different trips with Ala at Local-Trips during our two week stay in Jordan. Communication was fast and efficient. Cars were clean, comfortable and newish. Drivers all spoke good English and were friendly and helpful. All were on time. Would have no hesitation in recommending Local-Trips.

2. Church of St John the Baptist

Prs. Haya St., Madaba 17110, Jordan +962 5 324 4065
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Church of St John the Baptist

On December 7, 1967 the Vatican recognized the historic Catholic Church in Madaba, belonging to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as a Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and urged visitors and pilgrims to visit this sacred site.

Reviewed By Stine D - Soenderborg, Denmark

Modern Madaba is a young city, approx 100 years old. So this churchsite is one of the oldest parts of town, dating back to Antiquity. The church itself is young, Roman Catholic, and less interesting. The reason for coming here are the millenia old catacomps (watch your head) and the view from the church tower. Important: Do NOT climb the tower, if you have issues with hights. There stair do NOT offer Western European safety standards - and it gets dangerous if you get afraid, panik and clog the stairs ;-) No elevator.

3. Mount Nebo

Madaba, Jordan +962 7 7654 2050
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Mount Nebo

Reviewed By Ron E - Winnipeg, Canada

Historic mount with somewhat misty view of the Promised Land. Significant place for Christians and well preserved and kept. Combination of the views and the drive to and from the mount with the drop to below sea level to the Dead Sea makes this an interesting trip.

4. Madaba Mosaic Map

Inside St. George's Church, Madaba, Jordan
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Madaba Mosaic Map

This fascinating map of the Holy Land, now housed in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, was made in the 6th century out of two million stone pieces.

Reviewed By firma8 - warsaw

Its a part of all Madaba tour ,walking tour to feel history and atmosphere of that place. To really enjoy need some more time not only jumping from one place to another

5. Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)

Madaba, Jordan
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Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)

Reviewed By Sebastiensh - New York City, New York

Skipped Herod's castle at Mukawir to see this place, and I am glad I made the right decision. From the road it does not look much apart from a Bedouin cemetery. But when you walk into the enormous site as far as eyes can see, the layers of history start to reveal to you under the wind-swept barren landscape, sometimes literally. Apart from the mosaics in the Byzantine church St. Stephen, there are dozens of other churches you can discover, with a guide, and the splendid mosaics are literally buried under crude burlap bags covered by sand. If you lift it up, the color is as splendid as the day they were laid. And you see the lions staring up at you, from 800 years ago, and there is nobody around you, only the wind howling. It's a UNESCO site, by the way.

6. Madaba Archaeological Park

Hussein bin Ali Street, Madaba 17110, Jordan
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Madaba Archaeological Park

Reviewed By Stine D - Soenderborg, Denmark

In Roman and early Byzantine times, Madaba was one of the most important cities in the Levant. This site trully shows this importance. The diversity, size and complexity of Mosaic remains underlines this importance. Several floors survived the iconoclasms of the 7th and 8th century, asChristian churches adapted their art work to the new rules of human images after the expansion of Islam in the area. espite this raid againt images that went on over the Middle East, these floors show the beauty and richness of interour decorations prior to 622 AD.

7. The Church of Saint George

Madaba, Jordan
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The Church of Saint George

Reviewed By Lucian M - Constanta, Romania

Madaba is nicknamed the City of Mosaics because many archaeological remains are decorated with beautiful mosaics, elaborated, and full of meanings. Perhaps the most important mosaic is the one who was preserved -as much as it was preserved - on the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church dedicated to the Holy great martyr George. The mosaic is showing an ancient map of the Holy Land. It was made in the 6th Century AD and is believed to be used to guide pilgrims to the holy sites. Map has not the regular orientation of nowadays, having North at the top. Instead of this, the Nile Delta is depicted on the right hand side. Nevertheless the mosaic is still used for searching and finding the places described in the Holy Bible.

8. Church of the Apostles

Al-Nuzha St Town Centre, Madaba 17110, Jordan
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Church of the Apostles

Reviewed By Steve R - Orlando, Florida

This is a neat little church but it wasn't preserved real well. The design is beautiful but wished it was kept properly.

9. Madaba Archaeological Museum

Madaba, Jordan
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Madaba Archaeological Museum

Reviewed By Artak977 - Amman, Jordan

It was extremely surprising to find out that this place contains enormous depth of history starting from Roman, Byzantine and early Christianity times.
You will be astonished by excellent condition of Old Roman road, burnt Palace, ruins of Martyr's and Virgin Maria churches , etc...
Please visit, you will like it!

10. La Storia Tourism Complex

Nebo Street, Madaba 17110, Jordan +962 5 324 1119
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La Storia Tourism Complex

Reviewed By MoshieMo

We were taken here by our driver with two kids 8 and 9. We aren't big on museums but decided to go in. Our kids loved the displays and it was a great way to share the biblical stories with the kids.
The workshop is a big sales pitch. We did enjoy watching the sand in s bottle being made. All the prices were much higher than we saw every where else in Jordan.
You can get a great photo of the valley before entering the work shop.
There were toilets. Take toilet paper.

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