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Madaba, The City of Mosaics in Jordan

September 28, 2021

   Commonly referred to as the “city of mosaics,” Madaba, Jordan is home to some of the most beautiful and oldest existing mosaics. Located a short drive from Jordan’s capital city of Amman, Madaba’s religious significance coupled with its historic art pieces makes it the perfect destination for stimulating cultural and artistic experiences.

   Madaba is best known for its incredible Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics that date back to thousands of years ago. Specifically, it hosts the magnificent and oldest surviving mosaic map of the Holy Land that was discovered in 1884. The map consists of millions of pieces of vivid and colorful stone, depicting hills, valleys, and villages of Jerusalem during the sixth-century. The exhaustive details and artistic talent of the mosaic show vivid and naturalistic elements of various objects, churches, and animals. The mosaic map is currently located at Madaba’s Greek Orthodox church of St. George.

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   Many other stunning and historic mosaics are also located throughout Madaba at different churches and sites. Founded in 2007, the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration (MIMAR) is constantly working to restore and preserve mosaics in Jordan. It is also the “only institute of its kind in the region that offers a diploma specialized in scientific methods of restoration and conservation of mosaic arts.”

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   Madaba’s artistic pieces provide visitors with an opportunity to not only witness and experience historic masterpieces, but also to learn about the people, places, and stories that existed before our time. 

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By Leen Hajjar
Leen Hajjar

Leen Hajjar recently completed her master’s degree in Communication from Villanova University with a focus on media analysis, specifically mainstream media’s portrayal of Arabs and the Middle East. She previously worked as an editor for Villanova University’s alumni magazine and in the Department of Communication and Publications at King Abdullah II’s private boarding school, King’s Academy in Jordan. She completed her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Media Studies and Sociology. She was born and raised in Amman, Jordan which inspired her to work as a writer at Al Arabiya English, producing stories that shed light on the diverse and positive attributes of the Arab world, aiming to provide a more comprehensive representation of the region and its people.

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