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The Mosaic Map

It was the Christian vision of continuity and completeness that inspired the mosaic artists and craftsworkers of the area to make the Mosaic Map of Madaba, which considered a guideline for proving geographic regions and borders. This famous mosaic designed in around 570 AD to decorate the floor of a Byzantine church in Madaba. It is more than a geographic text of that era, showing the entire region from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south, and depicting in picture form: plains, hills, valleys, villages, and many towns and cities, complete with walls and pitched re-roofed houses, while in the Nile huge fish swim.

It includes a charming plan of the holy city of Jerusalem placed at the center of the redeemed acumen: on the left is the north gate from which two colonnaded streets run south. On the straight street through the heart of the city stands the domed Holy Sepulcher. Clearly inscribed above the north and east gates is the legend "Holy City of Jerusalem". Today this splendid map housed in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which built in 1896 over the remains of the original Byzantine Church. Only part of the map preserved. It originally measured a staggering 25 x 5 meters and made of more than 2 million pieces of colored stone tesserae.

The Mosaic Map of Madaba -St Georges Church

House mosaic (Madaba) House mosaic pattern (Madaba) Jordan .Madaba Mosaic Salome Madaba Mosaic Map Madaba's Jerusalem Mosaic Map
Mosaic rooster (Madaba) Outdoor mosaic (Madaba)     Click to enlarge


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