Introductions to Madaba

If you are contemplating a visit to the Middle East, particularly the country of Jordan then you should be aware by the recent influx of refuges unto the country fleeing from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

Madaba is a city with a usual population of approximately 60.000 (though its ranks may have been swollen by now) and is deemed to be the capitol city of the Madaba Governorate sited in central Jordan. Madaba is specifically located about 20 miles from the Jordanian capitol Amman along the 5,000 year old Kings Highway.

Madaba is well renowned for its collection of splendid Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics with perhaps its most famous piece being the Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land dating back to the 6th century CE.

The history of Madaba stretches back through the years to Neolithic times dating from the middle bronze age thus gaining mention in the Holy Bible as a border city of the Moabite tribe as mentioned in the book of Numbers and the book of Joshua.

So certainly for anyone interested in ancient or biblical archeology then Madaba is the place ideally suited for a vacation.

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