Sam's Exotic Travels to Madaba and Mt. Nebo
Madaba is the capital city of Madaba Governorate in central Jordan, which has a population of about 60,000. It is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of The Holy Land located on the floor inside the Greek Orthodox Basilica of Saint George, partially destroyed by the earthquake of AD 749. Madaba is located 30 kilometers south-west of the capital Amman.
The Map of Madaba mosaic was discovered in 1896. This discovery drew the attention of scholars worldwide. It also positively influenced the inhabitants, who shared the contagious passion of F. Giuseppe Manfredi, to whom the rediscovery of most of the city's mosaics are owed. Madaba became known as the "City of Mosaics" in Jordan.
Mount Nebo, located south of Madaba, is an elevated ridge that is approximately 817 meters above sea level, in Jordan. The view from the summit provides a panorama of the Holy Land and, to the north, a more limited one of the valley of the River Jordan. The West Bank city of Jericho is usually visible from the summit, as is Jerusalem on a very clear day.
According to the final chapter of Deuteronomy, Mount Nebo is where the Hebrew prophet Moses was given a view of the promised land that God was giving to the Israelites, after spending 40 years in the wilderness. According to Jewish and Christian tradition, Moses was buried on this mountain by God Himself.
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