Lying 19 miles southwest of Amman, Jordan’s capital, is Madaba, an ancient town steeped in rich history and beautiful archaeological treasures including stunning Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics that adorn many homes and churches. Take a private walking tour of the city with a local guide and don’t miss a visit to the enchanting Greek Orthodox Saint George's Church. This is a beautiful building in the centre of Madaba, but the real treasure lies inside, a mosaic artwork created during the Byzantine period that depicts a colourful and intricate map of the Holy Land. This ancient artwork, which once had over two million pieces,
is considered one of history’s oldest maps, providing a glimpse into the history of Palestine. Further examples of mosaic masterpieces feature scenes from everyday life, myths and legends, including mosaics depicting hunting, fishing, and farming. If you’re in need of some rest and relaxation, head to the Ma'in Hot Springs outside the town. About half-an-hour away from Petra, this natural spring is home to a fantastic spa and resort with treatments that are sure to recharge any traveller’s batteries.
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