There were a variety of things that surprised me in a positive way during my trip to Jordan that the Jordan Tourism Board set up and sponsored for me — the ruins at Jerash and a natural spa near the Dead Sea — and some that didn’t surprise, but were awesome, like Petra and Wadi Rum.
Add another spot to the surprise side of the ledger: the Church of the Map in Madaba. The Church of St. George is a Greek Orthodox Church in the town of Madaba, about an hour from Amman. It dates from the 6th century and is the oldest cartographic representation of the Holy Land.
The map is not complete, as the town was destroyed by earthquake in 746 and largely abandoned. The current church was rebuilt on the site in 1894, when the mosaic was rediscovered. It is a truly inspiring site and should be on your list, when you go visit the wonderful country of Jordan.
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