Madaba, Jordan: Lonely Planet Walking Tour

May 10, 2016

Streets of Madaba

Starting about 10:30AM we followed the Lonely Planet walking tour, an enjoyable way to explore Madaba and its ramshackle selection of sights. Even if you are not a biblical history fan or a mosaic enthusiast it is still worth the wander around town for a slice of Jordanian life in a mid-sized town.

Inside St George's Church

Inside St George’s Church

While some of the mosaics have historical importance- such as the map of Palestine on the floor of St George’s Church – and are impressive for their age and condition, many are only remnants and much more faded than depicted in most photos.St George's Church - mosaic map

detail of the mosaic map

detail of the mosaic map

It took us about 3 and half hours to see all the sights, the extra half hour was needed to decipher the skimpy directions given in LP.  In the process we did learn that the locals are more than willing to point you in the right direction if you just ask.

Besides the map in the St George’s Church highlights along the walk included:

Archaeological Park I – ruins and mosaics from the 6th to 8th century AD.

Hippolytus Hall

Hippolytus Hall

Madaba Archaeological Park I

"...Adonis and a topless Aphrodite spanking naughty, winded Eros," LP

“…Adonis and a topless Aphrodite spanking naughty, winged Eros,” LP

Archaeological Park II (Burnt Palace) – 6th century AD former private residence

Archaelogical Park II (Burnt Palace) Archaelogical Park II (Burnt Palace)

Madaba Museum – Mosaics and other artifacts housed in former residences

Madaba Museum Madaba Museum

Shrine of the Beheading of John the Baptist – odd mix of church, archaeological site and museum

Shrine of the Beheading of John the Baptist

ancient well still in operation

ancient well still in operation

Climb to the bell tower

Climb to the bell tower

View from the bell tower

View from the bell tower

Church of the Apostles – impressive but very faded 6th century AD mosaic

Church of the Apostles

Wandering the streets of Madaba

Streets of Madaba

Streets of Madaba

Streets of Madaba Madaba - Muslim Barbie Streets of Madaba

 

 

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