Madaba Mosaic Map
Madaba Mosaic Map
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This fascinating map of the Holy Land, now housed in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, was made in the 6th century out of two million stone pieces.
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  • Jadranka P
    London, United Kingdom718 contributions
    Interesting
    Madaba , famous for having a variety of immaculate Byzantine mosaics depicting a range of scenes with the most famous being the large 6th century mosaic map, said to contain the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem. The guides are not allowed to explain you history inside so every tour stops outside in front of big map to hear explanation and than goes inside for the visit and picture time. Approximately 15-30 minutes stop. Note that on the left side there is a bit of map covered by carpet that a lot of people miss.
    Visited November 2022
    Written February 27, 2023
  • CasaRoscoe
    Ottawa, Canada236 contributions
    Unique
    An interesting and historically important 6th Century mosaic set into the floor of St. George's church in downtown Madaba. Two descriptive panels on the church exterior are used by guides to describe what will be seen inside the church, and if you haven't booked a tour where these panels will be used to describe the map, then you might get lucky to overhear someone else's talk. Otherwise, do a quick online search for the map so that you have some sense of what you are seeing. The map is set into the floor in front of you, and since it is found on two sides of a column holding up the roof, it is challenging to take photos that give a sense of its scale. Allow about 20 minutes.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Brenda S
    Auckland Central, New Zealand42 contributions
    Partial map of the ancient Middle East.
    We went as part of a tour. There was a room outside St George's where an explanation can be given this us because the map is in a working church where silence is required. The map is interesting and certainly a treasure from the ancient world . Remember to dress respectfully for it is in a Greek Orthodox Church. There is a clean toilet in the court yard and remember to take a coin for the lady at the door.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2023
  • Chris Y
    St. Albans, United Kingdom265 contributions
    Very popular, try to avoid the opening period
    We arrived just before opening and the place was very busy, awaiting the end of the Greek Orthodox service inside. Once inside, the maps were quite impressive as were the various mosaic portraits. There was an explanatory board in the courtyard outside which helped you make sense of what to expect inside. The actual map was an interesting mosaic on which names of many settlements were in ancient Greek tile fragments. It was a bit chaotic when it opened, we should have waited 15 minutes for the initial surge of people to leave. Much more ordered after 15 minutes. There is a small crypt area beyond the map in the right hand corner, down a few steps.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 19, 2023
  • LaNyonsaise
    West Midlands, United Kingdom922 contributions
    Remarkable.
    The church is interesting in itself, it’s not often possible to see inside an Orthodox Church. At the ticket office there’s an explanatory display and an attendant who will assist while you take a seat. The mosaic is quite remarkable considering that it stretches from wall to wall. Well worth seeing.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2023
  • bgtoca
    Vancouver, Canada117 contributions
    Amazing mosaic but only partially preserved
    This historical treasure is the oldest mosaic of the holy land. It's housed in an orthodox church in Madaba, a city with a large Christian population. If you'd like learn about the map in detail, it's best to hire a guide. Otherwise its very hard to make out what's what on the map. You're allowed to take photos, but you'll be jostling for space to take a photo during the tourist high season.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 17, 2023
  • LondonNefertiti
    Greater London, United Kingdom1,414 contributions
    See it to beleive it.
    This has to be seen to be believed as it is from the 6th century. What knowledge to make a map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land so accurate that long ago. Even a non religious person will be moved by the mosaics inside this small church.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Athena Constantinou
    119 contributions
    The oldest map of the Holy Land!
    The Map of Madaba or the Mosaic Map of Madaba is part of a floor mosaic in the Early Byzantine Church of St. George in Madaba. It dates from the 6th century BC and is the oldest known geographical floor mosaic in history. Measuring about 15 metres by 5 metres. it is a combination of two million colored stone, glass and ceramic tiles and shows the region from Lebanon in the north to Egypt in the south and from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Arabian Desert in the east. The remarkable thing about the map, however, is not its age, but rather its extreme accuracy and detail, with which it depicts the biblical world in at least eight different colors. Considered one of the oldest surviving maps of the Holy Land, it is a great example of early cartography, and remains a valuable source for researchers and historians to this day. In a room outside St. George's Church, a reproduction of the map hangs on the wall, facilitating the understanding of the map of Madaba before looking at the real mosaic in the church. In the courtyard there is also an explanatory panel that helps in the understanding of the territory and the history of the region.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • newflyer
    Bridgeport, Connecticut1,183 contributions
    Be aware there is no parking at this site
    Great site to see. There is no parking so my driver had to drive around and around until my guide and I were finished. The map outside is very helpful. It was unfortunate that the site was being renovated while I was there so much of it inside the church was covered with plastic. Still worth going to so your guide can tell you all about what the map shows.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • browncondo2102
    Kitchener, Canada1,714 contributions
    St. George Greek Orthodox Church
    In Modaba you will find the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. It was built in 1896 over the remains of a 6th century Byzantine Church. The incredibly preserved mosaic map shows the region from Lebanon to the Nile River Delta. The original map was 1.020 sq. ft. but only 1/4 of its colourful depiction remains.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
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Tab W
Cincinnati, OH709 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Madaba Mosaic is part of a floor mosaic in the early Byzantine church of Saint George. It dates to the sixth century AD and depicts part of the Middle East and contains the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem.
Written February 5, 2024
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Jan J
10 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Madaba is extremely interesting because of its early (Byzantine) mosaics.
Three churches stand out: St Mary’s, St George’s and Church of the Apostles.
St Mary has a fascinating mosaic, including Aphrodite and Adonis spanking the Eros child, and transitions between Byzantine and Umayyad parts. St George has the famous Madaba map of the Middle East, with Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, and the river Nile still intact and well positioned..The church is under renovation and the mosaics could have benefited from dusting or gentle cleaning. The Church of the Apostles had for us the best mosaics with the Mediterranean (thalassa) as its center. The birds (green parots) surrounding the center were beautiful, and some mythological figures (e.g., Bacchus) were als still very much intact.
All churches are highly recommended.
Written January 19, 2024
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Vogel S
Schaffhausen, Switzerland45 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
My Solotrip through Jordan lead me to Madaba. You shouldn’t miss the beautiful mosaics in this small city, if you travel to Jordan. It’s not so famous like Petra, but worth to see it. Thanks to my driver Ibrahim, he arranged a good guide for me to show me the beauty of these mosaics. Really fascinating this kind of performing art. Don’t miss it.
I can warmly recommend to make a tour through Jordan with private driver like Ibrahim (contact 00962 7 7236 5512) he’s very kind, helpful can even organize your Jordan tour (incl. hotels)
Don’t even hesitate to visit Jordan now. I can witness, it’s very safe, I never got involved with the actual situation in the neighbor country Israel/Gaza. Jordan will welcome you.
Written November 20, 2023
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KMLondon22
London, UK198 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Unless you have a guide, make sure you get an explanatory pamphlet from the ticket office (Jordan Pass does not apply for entry). With an interest in the history of the region I was impressed by the section that remains of the historic map of the Holy Land & what was achieved in creating it, however I'm not sure everyone will feel it worth the visit. As others have said, viewing of the mosaic could be facilitated better & the mosaic better protected. The visit will take only 10 minutes. There are other mosaics to see in Madaba (which are covered by the Jordan pass), but otherwise the town does not take long to see. The streets around St George are full of souvenir shops.
Written November 20, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,022 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
The Madaba Mosaic Map is a map of the world. The map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St George. It's quite fascinating, a representation of the world as people saw it in ancient times. The mosaic is quite intricate, it's worth giving it a look over, it's well preserved.
Written November 9, 2023
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Maria0Magdalena
London, UK468 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We went to Madaba en route from Amman to the Dead Sea, also stopping at Mt Nebo on the way.
Start at the Madaba Vistor's centre where you will get a pamphlet and you can follow a line in the pavement, taking you around the little town. Jordan Pass does not work here.
I understand the historical significance of the mosaic, but 3 stars only as it's not exactly exhibited in a way that makes experiencing it effective. There is a rope around it, people crowd and push, stepping on the mosaic's edges, and the side vantage is poor. A high-quality glass on top, with people walking over it would be so much better.
If you do visit Madaba, make sure you do go around the archaeological park.
Written October 27, 2023
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E T
The Hague, The Netherlands227 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Nice Mozaïek, also nice little village, very friendly people, little walk from the parking place, we were with a traveling group.
Written October 8, 2023
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,714 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
In Modaba you will find the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. It was built in 1896 over the remains of a 6th century Byzantine Church. The incredibly preserved mosaic map shows the region from Lebanon to the Nile River Delta. The original map was 1.020 sq. ft. but only 1/4 of its colourful depiction remains.
Written October 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

newflyer
Bridgeport, CT1,183 contributions
Aug 2023
Great site to see. There is no parking so my driver had to drive around and around until my guide and I were finished. The map outside is very helpful. It was unfortunate that the site was being renovated while I was there so much of it inside the church was covered with plastic. Still worth going to so your guide can tell you all about what the map shows.
Written August 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Athena Constantinou
119 contributions
Jun 2023
The Map of Madaba or the Mosaic Map of Madaba is part of a floor mosaic in the Early Byzantine Church of St. George in Madaba. It dates from the 6th century BC and is the oldest known geographical floor mosaic in history. Measuring about 15 metres by 5 metres. it is a combination of two million colored stone, glass and ceramic tiles and shows the region from Lebanon in the north to Egypt in the south and from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Arabian Desert in the east. The remarkable thing about the map, however, is not its age, but rather its extreme accuracy and detail, with which it depicts the biblical world in at least eight different colors. Considered one of the oldest surviving maps of the Holy Land, it is a great example of early cartography, and remains a valuable source for researchers and historians to this day. In a room outside St. George's Church, a reproduction of the map hangs on the wall, facilitating the understanding of the map of Madaba before looking at the real mosaic in the church. In the courtyard there is also an explanatory panel that helps in the understanding of the territory and the history of the region.
Written July 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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