Madaba and St. George Church

Feb. 10, 2010

The mosaic map on the floor of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church is the oldest, existing map of the Holy Land and is dated to the middle of the 6th century AD. It was rediscovered in the late 19th century and the present church was built above it. The map stretched across the entire width of the original church and contained about 2 million pieces but only about 1/4 of the original map still exists. The map was surprisingly accurate.

In addition to the map mosaic in the floor, the church has many other beautiful paintings and mosaics on its walls.

Many other mosaics have been found in Madaba and new mosaics are still being produced there.

If you would like to learn more about the church and its mosaic you might want to click on this link: Mosaic art source blog.

St. George Church A model of the mosaic map Magnify
Left: The church.
Above: Our Jordanian guide points out features of the map on a model outside the church.
Part of the mosaic map in the floor of St. George Church Magnify Part of the Mosaic in the floor of St. George Church Magnify
Two parts of the Mosaic map.
Chancel of the St. George Church Painting above chancel in St. George Church
A painting in St. George Church Slaying the Dragon paint in St. George Church
Palm Sunday painting in St. George Church

Three of the paintings (above)
and three mosaics (right and below).

Baby Jesus Batptism mosaic in St. George Church Magnify
Jesus Baptism mosaic in St. George Church Rider on horse mosaic in St. George Church

Madaba Street

A recently rebuilt street near the church

Create mosaics in Madaba
Create mosaics in Madaba
Sales room in Madaba mosaic store Magnify

We stopped at a nearby place where mosiacs are still being produced. Many of the workers are handicapped. The mosaic tables cost several thousand dollars.

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