From Madaba to the Dead Sea

Jordan: A Whirlwind Tour
Aqaba to Wadi Rum

Madaba is an early Christian settlement famous for its mosaics. We saw some incredible mosaics from the 6th & 7th centuries, and also visited a mosaic workshop to see the old techniques in use. Fascinating.

The famous Madaba Map

Madaba – the famous 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land

Madaba – mosaics

Madaba – mosaics

Mt Nebo is the place where Moses stood & took a look at the promised land he was forbidden to enter. (Deut 32:48-52). It was amazing to stand on that spot, and the view was spectacular.

View across the Jerusalem

The Jordan River, at the site where Jesus was baptised was our next destination. Again, whether it is the exact spot is debatable, but it is certainly in the vicinity, and the spot has been a place of pilgrimage since at least the 5th century. Interestingly, the river itself no longer runs through that spot. We walked to the current river and stood metres away from Israel.

Jesus Baptism Site – allegedly. No water there today.

There are several churches and chapels

The Jordan River, looking across to Israel.

A swim in the Dead Sea (a float really, it’s impossible to swim) is on everyone’s bucket list, isn’t it? An amazing experience, and stunningly beautiful landscape as well. We had a tremendous sunset that night – an extra bonus.

Our hotel for the night – not bad!

The Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth

View over the dead sea

A pebbly shore

Floating in the Dead Sea, covered in therapeutic mud.

The Dead Sea – sunset

The Dead Sea – sunset

The Dead Sea – coated in ‘therapeutic’ Dead Sea mud

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