In the 4th century AD a sanctuary, mentioned by the pilgrim nun Egeria, was built on Mount Nebo (Fasaliyyeh in Arabic) to honor Moses, possibly on the site of an even older structure. The church was finished by 394 AD and had three east apses flanked by funerary chapels on the north and south sides.
In the 6th century, the church was enlarged and transformed into a basilica with a sacristy and new baptistery (whose surviving floor mosaics date from c.530 AD). Soon the church was the heart of a large monastery and pilgrimage center that would thrive for nearly six centuries.
The site was abandoned by 1564 and remained mostly neglected for several centuries more. Finally, in 1993, the site was purchased by the Franciscans, who excavated and restored the area. On March 19, 2000, Pope John Paul II visited the site during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, planting an olive tree next to the Byzantine chapel for peace.
Today, Mount Nebo is an active Franciscan monastery, the headquarters of the Franciscan Archaeological Institute, and a popular stop for pilgrims and tourists alike.
mosaic madaba mapinside St George Church madaba jordanKnown as the ‘City of Mosaics’ Madaba is famous for the 6th century Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land. A 25 x 5 meter masterpiece made of over 2 million pieces. The map shows holy sites, hills, valleys, towns and cities as far away as the Nile Delta! The map is on the floor of the modern St George Greek Orthodox Church which is built on the site of an older 6th century church.
Jordan is committed to restoring and preserving it’s mosaics, you can see how this is done by visiting the Mosaic School in the Archaeological Park and Museum. women restoring mosaicspromised land view mount nebo jordanAlso in the park are the remains of several churches and a 6th century mansion, all with more outstanding mosaics.
Close by is Mount Nebo, believed to be the burial place of Moses. It was a place of pilgrimage for early Christians and the first church was built here in the 4th century. Stand at the top of the mountain as Moses did when he first saw the Promised Land and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Jordan Valley, The Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Jericho.
Have a look on the attached photos;-
Monut nebo summit to the south;/
Memorial of Moses;-
Church on mount Nebo;-
A look to the dead sea from mount Nebo;-
Inner design for the church on mount Nebo