Mount Nebo; the memorial of Moses (pbuh)
Drive along the same route prophet Moses (pbuh) forbidden to travel on by the King of Edom (Numbers 20), and picture yourself standing where Moses have a rest, and where the late Pope John Paul II tread on his first pilgrimage of the millennium.
Visit the Sanctuary at Nebo; the memorial of Moses (pbuh), the presumed site of his death and burial place, and a center for pilgrimages since earliest Christian times. You'll be inspired by the biblical as you experience this divine tour.
Mount Nebo is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan, found 10 km west of the Roman Byzantine town of Madaba, for this is where Moses (pbuh) buried.
The site's association with the last days of Moses described in moving words in Deuteromony (34:1-7). The episode of Balak and Balam (2:13-26) also took place here.
The site's other name is Pisgah: "And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah which is opposite Jericho".
From the mountaintop, which is the highest point in the Moabite range, rising to about 800 meters at it's top, you can admire the dazzling view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Centuries ago, pilgrims flocked to Mount Nebo on their final destination to visit the sanctuary. These pilgrims left behind vivid accounts of their travels, which helped archaeologists identify this sanctuary.
In the summer of 1933, excavations at Syagha, one of the highest peaks at Nebo, began under directing the Jerusalemite Franciscan Fathers. Three long archaeological campaigns had previously resulted in the discovery of the Basilica and of a large monastery, which had continued to expand through the 6th century.
Mount Nebo 's first church built in the 2nd half of the 4th century to commemorate the place of Moses' death. It had three apses and preceded by a vestibule paved with plain white mosaic; two funeral chapels stood to the north and south of the lateral apses.
Six tombs found hollowed from the natural rock beneath the mosaic-covered floor of the church. In the present presbytery you can see remnants of mosaic floors from different periods.
The earliest of these is a panel with a braided cross presently placed on the east end of the south wall.
Mount Nebo Guide: The Old Diaconicon Baptistery | The 5th-7th Century Basilica | The New Diaconicon | The Theotokos Chapel