Monday, September 10, 2012

Madaba Mosaic Map

We are in the Middle East!!!  Our first stop in Jordan was Madaba, a small town near Amman.  It is most famous for a beautiful mosaic map on the floor of its Greek Orthodox church.  The map dates back to the seventh century.  It is a map of the holy land from Jordan through Israel and all the way south to Egypt.

Originally the map took up the entire width of the church and about half of its length.  During church services attendees would gather around the map as they listened to stories from the Bible, and the map helped them picture where the stories took place.  As we stood there I could picture this in my mind - what a cool way to learn about the Bible.

Below:  If you look just to the left of the center of the picture you will see an area with an oval circle with a white border surrounding it.  That is Jerusalem.   

Madaba's Mosaic Map

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