The trip south from Amman along the 5,000-year-old king's
Highway is one of the most memorable journeys in the
Holy Land, passing through a string of ancient sites. The
first city you come upon is Madaba "the City of Mosaics".
Madab's main attraction - in the contemporary Greek
Orthodox Church of St. George- is a wonderfully vivid,
sixth-century Byzantine mosaic map showing
Jerusalem and other holy sites. With two million pieces of
colored stones, and a full 25x5 meter in its original state,
the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns, as
far away as the Nile Delta. This masterpiece is unrivalled
in Jordan, but there are literally hundreds of other mosaic
form the 5th through the 7th centuries, scattered
throughout Madaba's churches and homes.