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Ten minutes to the west of Madaba is the most revered site in Jordan: Mount Nebo, with the memorial of Moses at the presumed site of the prophet's death and burial place.

Less than 2km from Umm Ar-Rasas is the highest standing ancient tower in Jordan. It is 15m high and has no door or inner staircase. Today the tower is inhabited only by flocks of birds.

There are several theories as to why Madaba’s map of the Holy Land was depicted in mosaics on the floor of a Christian building in a remote provincial town of the Roman Empire. Some have suggested that the map may have been useful to pilgrims, to help them find their way from one holy place to another. Others believe that, because it is close to Mount Nebo, it may represent the vision that Moses had of the Promised Land, from the place of his death.

As-Salt is the most historic town in Jordan. For long periods in history it was the most important settlement between the Jordan River and the desert to the east.

The stunning 6th century Byzantine mosaic map, which is located in the contemporary Greek Orthodox church of St. George and shows Jerusalem and other holy sites, features around two million pieces of coloured stone!

Hundreds of mosaics from the 5th through to the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba's churches and homes.