In God's Country
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
92Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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After another two day transfer with little sleep the next day demanded some R&R and so we spent it exploring the town of Madaba and relaxing in the hotel watching World Cup games. As it turns out, Madaba is World famous as a centre for Mosaics, both in terms of their religious and historical significance as well as a vibrant modern-day industry. There are ancient mosaics all over this historic town, the highlights being the first recorded map of the Holy land including Jerusalem city, as well as the "Madaba tree" and “Tree of life”.
Jordan is a pretty small country with a high density of sights and activities and it seems the easiest and most efficient way to get around is via car, so we hired a driver through the hotel and set off to explore the surrounds of Madaba. Our first destination was the Roman city of Jerash, but we'll detail those exploits in the next blog entry (Sunday Bloody Sunday) for reasons that should become apparent.
Part of Jordan’s border sits on the Dead Sea, apparently the lowest point on earth and this was our second stop of the day. When we had made our plans at the hotel with the driver, we were expecting to turn up at a beach, go for a swim in the sea and then be on our way. Apparently it doesn’t work that way here in Jordan and our only option to be able to swim in the Dead Sea was to pay for admission into one of several resorts lining the beaches
Near to Madaba town is Mount Nebo, a rocky outcrop said to be the place from which God showed Moses the Promised Land, and our final stop of the day. Standing on supposedly the same spot as Moses we looked out across the land and Dead Sea towards Jerusalem; a rather barren yet poignant landscape. Mount Nebo is now home to a 6th Century Moses Memorial Church currently under refurbishment. It also boasts a modern but unique iron cross that has become its symbol and main attraction. It was a rather hurried visit to Mount Nebo, but the clock was ticking and England were due to kick-off against Germany in less than an hour……