Church of the Map

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The Greek Orthodox Church of St George(The Church of the Map) located in Madaba, the capital city of Madaba Governorate of Jordan, is a historically significant site as there is the presence of the Madaba Mosaic Map

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Church interior
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The Madaba Mosaic Map

The Madaba Mosaic Map is part of the mosaic flooring and is of the Middle East during the Byzantine period. This map was discovered late in the 19th century during an excavation and reconstruction of a mosaic floor in the church.

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The map is crafted in 560 AD and part of it contains the oldest surviving depiction of the Holy Land. The original was around 21m long and once contained more than two million pieces. The largest and most detailed element of the topographic depiction is Jerusalem, at the center of the map.03_Jordan-Amman-19-Church-of-Map03_Jordan-Amman-18-Church-of-Map

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Pieces of mosaic art work and paintings within the Church.

 

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This mosaic work depicts: The baptism of Jesus(left) and the transfiguration of Jesus(right).

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Mosaic art showing the presentation of Jesus in the temple(left) and Jesus talking to his disciples(right).

 

I visited the church on a Thursday morning. The church is usually open on Saturdays, Mondays to Thursdays from 8am to 6pm, on Fridays from 9:30 to 6pm and on Sundays from 10:30am to 6pm.

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My entrance ticket

There is an entrance fee to the church. Every tourist visiting this church to simply have a gaze at the map stays there for a long time admiring the beauty and detail of this wonderful and unique art treasure. The church is worth a visit! 

 

 

 

 

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