Known in history as “Medeba”, the area of Madaba were featured in narratives related to Moses and the Exodus, and King Mesha of Moab’s rebellion against Israel. Some of the early Christian finest art can still be seen in Madaba. Between the 4th and 7th centuries AD, the city of Madaba produced one of the world’s richest collection of Byzantine mosaics. Several church floors can still be seen in their original locations, while others are displayed in the Madaba Archaeological Park.
In St. George’s Church you can see the 6th century Byzantine mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites in the Holy Land, including sites along the King’s Highway.
Tourist sites inside Madaba city: Visitor Center, Madaba Archaeological park, Roman Road, The Burnt Palace, The Church of the Apostles, Saint George’s Church (Mosaic Map), The Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist, the Roman Water Reservoir, Madaba Museum
Opening Hours: Madaba Archaeological park,
The Burnt Palace, Church of the Apostles 8:00-18:30 (Summer),
8:00- 17:30 (April, May), 8:00-16:00 (Winter)
Entrance fees: Archaeological Park & Museum: 3 JD/ Madaba mosaic map: 1 JD/ The Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist: 1 JD
TEL: (Visitor Center) 962- (0) 5-3253563
GPS: Madaba Visitor Center 31°42’59.3”N 35°47’46.5”E
Madaba Archaeological Park 31°42’58.3”N
35°47’43.9”E (31.716205, 35.795514)
Saint George Church (Mosaic Map) 31°43’03.7”N
35°47’38.5”E (31.717689, 35.794013)
Madaba museum introduces history and culture in Madaba, Artifacts excavated from the region of Madaba, including archaeological sites along the King’s Highway, from the Bronze Age until the Islamic Period, are on display. The Museum also includes mosaics and traditional heritage such as costumes.
Opening Hours: 8:00-18:30 (Summer), 8:00- 17:30
(April, May), 8:00-16:00 (Winter)
Entrance fees: 3 JD (Non-Jordanian/common ticket with Madaba archaeological park)
TEL: 962- (0) 5-3244056
GPS: 31°42’49.5”N 35°47’32.2”E (31.713758, 35.792289)
Mount Nebo/The Memorial of Moses (Siyagha)
Mount Nebo is believed to be the place where Moses died and was buried. Here is the final place in Moses’ historic journey from Egypt to the Holy Land. From here, Moses viewed the Holy Land in which he would never enter. When you stand at the top of this mountain, you can see, as Moses did, the vast panorama that encompasses the Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho, and Jerusalem. Mount Nebo became a place of pilgrimage for early Christians from Jerusalem, and a small church was built there in the 4th century to commemorate the end of Moses’ life. There is a small museum with exhibition of history in the area of Mt.Nebo, with a display of the excavated objects.
Opening Hours: 7:00-19:00 (summer), 7:00- 17:00(winter),
Entrance fees:1 JD
TEL: 962- (0) 5-3253938
GPS: (Entrance) 31°46’01.3”N 35°43’39.2”E (31.767034,
The Spring of Moses (Ayun Musa)
This spring is believed to be the water which flows from the rock that Moses struck when his people were thirsty. This spring is an important water source for local people in the area, and this spring is a meeting point for local Bedouins. The Byzantine church, which was a part of the monastery, was found around this spring.
GPS: 31°46’33.6”N 35°44’22.4”E (31.776001, 35.739555) Google map
Ancient town of Nebo/ the Church of St. Lot and Procopius in Khirbet Mukhayyat
This archaeological site is the place of the ancient Nebo town mentioned in the Mesha Stele. The Byzantine church of St.Lot and Procopius, built in 6th century, has beautiful mosaic floors. There is another Byzantine church and a chapel in Khirbet Mukhayyat; The Church of St.George, The Church of Amos and Casiseos, and the Chapel of Priest John.
GPS: 31°44’58.9”N 35°44’40.5”E (31.749680, 35.744573)
La Storia Museum
Here you can enjoy a journey of religious and cultural heritage in Jordan by walking inside the reconstruction diorama of historical scenes. They have a large mosaic depicting route and a landscape of the King’s Highway.
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00
Entry fees: 2 JD
TEL: 962- (0) 77-7288886
GPS: 31°46’02.8”N 35°44’32.8”E (31.767431, 35.742441)
Google map website
Mukawir (Machaerus) is the Herodian fortified royal palace. Upon the death of Herod the Great, his son, Herod Antipas, inherited the fortified palace, and it is from here that he ordered John the Baptist to be beheaded after Salome’s fateful dance. You can reach to Mukawir by the road (probably ancient road) from Libb, ancient Libona, in King’s Highway.
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00
Entry fees: 2 JD (Non-Jordanian)
GPS: (Entrance) 31°33’56.0”N 35°37’38.2”E (31.565566,
Often called “the Great Canyon in Jordan”, this gigantic gorge with breath-taking panorama is located in the boundary between Madaba and the Karak Governorate. Wadi Mujib was called “Arnon” River in history, which is depicted in Madaba’s Mosaic Map. This river flows into the Dead Sea, and offers rich biospheres consisting of several plants, animals and fish. There is a viewpoint from Madaba’s side, and a café with a wonderful view from Karak’s side (southern side).
GPS: Panorama viewpoint (Madaba side) 31°27’51.2”N
35°47’11.3”E (31.464237, 35.786466)
Dhiban (Dibon) was the capital of the Moabite Kingdom in the Iron Age. In 1868, Mesha Stele, which is now in the Louvre Museum, was found here in Dhiban. You can see the replica of the Mesha Stele at both the Jordan Museum in Amman and the Karak Museum. In around 850 BC, King Mesha of the Moabite Kingdom installed this stele, commemorating the victory of Moabite against Israel. Archaeological excavation in Dhiban revealed the fortified wall of the Moabite city, as well as the Nabataean temple and the Byzantine church.
GPS: 31°30’03.6”N 35°46’38.5”E (31.501000, 35.777371)
Wadi al-Wala is small but is a picturesque stream full of green. This river joins Wadi al Mujib in the west, which flows into the Dead Sea. GPS: (River) 31°33’16.1”N 35°46’21.1”E (31.554475, 35.772517)
Ancient City of Umm el-Rasas (Kastron Mefa’a)
Umm Ar-Rasas is an ancient city called Kastron Mefa’a. The rectangular walled city is mostly in ruins but does still include several buildings, as well as four churches and some beautiful stone arches. The main attraction is outside the city walls within the Church of St. Stephen, which contains a well preserved mosaic floor laid down in 718 AD. It portrays fifteen major cities of the Holy Land from both the east and the west of the River Jordan, including cities along the King’s Highway, such as Amman (Philadelphia), Hisban (Esbounta), Madaba, Rabba (Areopolis) and Karak (Charachmoba). Don’t miss also 15m-high Byzantine tower, where monks were lived on the top for prayer.
Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00
Entry fees: 3 JD (Non-Jordanian)
Tel 962- (0) 5-4400054
GPS: Main Gate 31°30’06.9”N 35°55’02.5”E (31.501919, 35.917363)
Located around the cliff overlooking the dynamic view of Wadi al-Mujib, the archaeological park of Lehun is layers of multiple ancient civilizations that include the Bronze Age settlement, the Palace that was believed to be that of a local ruler in the Moabite Kingdom, the Nabataean Temple, the Umayyad settlement and the Mamluk mosque, and several traditional heritage houses dating back to Ottoman era.
Moabite Palace 31°27’36.8”N 35°50’53.2”E (31.460230, 35.848110)
Nabataean Temple 31°27’53.0”N 35°51’07.0”E (31.464709, 35.851958)
Location: Lehun Village
Moabite Palace Nabataean