One of the beautiful mosques that make up the city of Madaba

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About Madaba

Mentioned in the Old Testament, the prime attractions of the venerable town of Madaba are its many 6th-century Byzantine mosaics. Perhaps the most impressive of these is an enormous 6th-century map of Palestine and Egypt that is located in St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church. The nearby mosaic school, established to teach the restoration of these rare artworks, is the only one of its kind in the Middle East. Small shops around the site sell excellent copies of miniature mosaics.

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At nearby Mt Nebo it is believed Moses looked over the Promised Land. Excellent views are offered of the Jordan River Valley, the northern shore of the Dead Sea, Jericho on the opposite bank and (on clear days) the towers on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Mt Nebo is the single most important biblical site in Jordan. Having led the Israelites for 40 years through the wilderness, Moses finally saw, from this awesome vantage point, the Promised Land that God forbid him to set foot in.

After he died on the mountain, his successor Joshua went on to lead the Israelites into Canaan. As far as the Christians and Jews are concerned, Moses was buried somewhere on Mt Nebo, but Muslims (who regard Moses as a prophet) state that his remains were carried across the river and placed in a tomb off the modern Jericho-Jerusalem highway. The Moses Memorial Church, which perhaps dates from classical times houses some fragile, yet stunning biblically-inspired mosaics, which were restored by Franciscans in the 20th century.

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Madaba Hotels

If you are planning a Madaba holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Pilgrim's Guest House Madaba

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Sat in the courtyard of the St George's Mosaic Church, right in the heart of Madaba,the Pilgrim's Guest House makes the perfect base for exploring some of the city's fascinating historical wonders. Rooms within the hotel are simple yet comfortable, with calming, neutral colours, a TV and modern ensuite facilities. Some of the rooms also have air conditioning. Guests can enjoy a generous buffet breakfast upon waking each morning and free WiFi is accessible throughout the entire property. The hotel is located just 20 minutes from the Queen Alia airport.

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