Madaba Mosaics, Moses’ Mt. Nebo and the Thermal Spas of Ma’In – Trekking Through Jordan

My amazing trip to Jordan is winding down and this morning we left Aqaba to journey north to the city of Madaba. Madaba is most famous for the mosaic floor found in St. George’s Church. This isn’t your average mosaic, the 6th century mosaic map is the oldest map of Palestine and the region in existence. It has helped archeologists find lost cities only mentioned in the Bible, and authenticated some of the historical facts found in ancient religious texts. Although it’s not complete, the mosaic is a stunning masterpiece and a treat to examine. After Madaba, we made the short drive to Mt. Nebo, where Moses finally saw the promised land after forty years of wandering in the desert. From Mt. Nebo you can see the Dead Sea, Jericho and even Jerusalem in the distance. Finally, we ended the afternoon at the Six Senses Spa and Resort in Ma’In. This spot close to the dead sea is famous for its naturally occurring thermal spas, fed by hot waterfalls falling into the pools below. I can honestly say that I have never been more relaxed than I was after enjoying the thermal pools and Ma’In instantly became one of my favorite travel experiences.


Jordanian delicacy Mansaf: lamb, rice, shraak bread and a yogurt sauce
Part of the Madaba Mosaic Map
St. George's Church, Madaba
View of the Promised Land from Mt. Nebo
Mt. Nebo Mosaic
Fresh Bread at Local Bakery
Thermal spa at Ma'In
View from Ma'In, Dead Sea in the Distance
Night Falls in Ma'In

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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