About Madaba Map

Madaba Map, also known as the Madaba Mosaic Map, is a section of the beautiful mosaic floor of the Chuch of St. George, Church of the Virgin and the Apostles, an early Byzantine church in Madaba. It is a 6th-century depiction of Jerusalem, Byzantine, and Ummayad culture. The two-million-piece mosaic of colour shows intricate details of the world known to the map makers at the time, extending as far as the Nile Delta. It includes everything from mythology to everyday things like hunting, fishing, and farming.

 

Madaba was said to be a part of the Moab Kingdom during the biblical era. It was continuously inhabited since antiquity until an earthquake devastated the city in 746 AD. This led to partial abandonment up until 1890. The mosaics were discovered after the city was repopulated and the church was reconstructed.

 

Must See

  • Byzantine mosaics.
  • Archaeological park
  • Well-preserved mosaics Umm ar-Rasas site 
  • Church of the Apostles
  • Ancient Ruins: The ruins of this Byzantine church dating back to 578 CE

How to reach

Bus: Madaba is about 30 km away from Amman and takes an hour journey by bus. Buses from Amman's Tabarbour Station cost 1.20 JD. Also, there are frequent minibusses from the 7th circle in Amman and fare is 1 JD. You can also get buses from the Mahatta bus station, and minibusses from the Muhajireen bus station near the Jordan Museum. Fare is around 0.65 JD. Rd.

By taxi: If you are in a group, then a taxi is the best option. It will cost between 8-12 JD.

By car: Driving a rented car is also an option as the roads are empty and your destination has plenty of parking.

 

Tips

  • Reciprocate the generosity of local people. They are very welcoming.
  • Bring a guide book or learn about the place before coming.
  • Reflect on not just the spatial representations of the map but also the world view of the people who made the map.
  • Visit the information desk with any questions.
  • Do not miss the ancillary shop.
  • Madaba Art Gallery shows oil paintings and watercolours from Madaba artists.

Visit Time

Sunday                       10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday                       8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday                       8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday                  8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday                      8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday                           10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                                                           
Saturday                       8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Waiting Time

A few minutes to get entry

 

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Entrance Fee

No

 

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Time you can spend

2 to 3 hours

 

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Weather

Clear Sky 20.34°C

 

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