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.
This is so fascinating, I love visiting lesser known historic sites, sometimes I feel they reveal more of the past of a place than the most tackled tourist attractions.
Wow, another interesting site I never knew about. Thanks for sharing!
Those pictures look so interesting. The great variety in Christianity is really amazing to see when one is able to go to the middle east and view different places first hand.
I am impressed at how well-preserved the pictures and mosiacs are in the church. Very interesting! I am still kicking myself for not going there when I was so close by!
I cant even imagine how long some of those pieces took to make….
I bet you Jesus is trying to do the rock on symbol with his hand in that 5th photo… true story.
It is usually interesting to find old buildings, many time churches, in places where you really did not expect to find anything interesting at all. Make you think what faith can do to humans…
Wow, the drawing and the mosaics are really cool! I really like the indoor appearance of that church, haven’t seen that type yet.
I love ancient sites and artifacts that get discovered much later on. Sounded like a fantastic trip from all the related posts.
Love all the mosiacs- I feel like art is such a fascinating way to learn more about a culture and a city. These are stunning.
I find ancient maps fascinating. I hadn’t seen one as a mosaic before. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
This looks so different from any other mosaic I ever saw! So “messy” but still so perfect. I like the white writings on the blue background, always a great pairing for colors.:) And the “dimension-less cities”. Beautiful!!!
Love those little, out of the way sites. They can be found everywhere, but as someone else said here, they lend themselves to the true history of a region without being a major tourism draw.
great mosaic photos.
Love all the mosiacs
So cool. I love hearing about places like this. Great write-up!
Wonderful. I spent my last three summers on an archaeological excavation in Madaba, Jordan and I’m so sad that I was unable to go this summer. These pics remind me of a place I got to know as home. Thanks.
Neat-o 🙂 I love really old churches – you can literally feel the history in the air.
Great photos! I visited the church on my trip to Jordan but my photos didn’t come out well. What a beautiful — and historic– attraction.
Gorgeous place! So artful and classic.. a heaven for history lovers!
I love really old churches – you can literally feel the history in the air.Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo!
What a beautiful — and historic– attraction. Wow, another interesting site I never knew about. Neat-o I love really old churches – you can literally feel the history in the air.
Very interesting! So artful and classic.. Thanks for sharing!