St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Madaba

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Visit St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, a Catholic church built in the early 20th century on an ancient archaeological site. Admire the facade of the church, made from antique stones from a local house, adorned with Corinthian and Roman columns. If you descend down to the church’s vault, you can admire a functioning Moab-era well, more than 3,000 years old. Step into the chapel to see the visitor center and its display of art and relics, or climb to the top of the bell tower for extensive views over Madaba. Use our Madaba online trip itinerary builder to add St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church and other attractions to your Madaba vacation plans.
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  • Another awesome and well historical church in madaba city . Just a 500m from tje city center . 1JD entrance fee . Then you go underneath the church .. thats great experience . Many historical events.....  more »
  • Church has a very interesting museum in which you will need to go to the underground part of the church to see the ancient well, and go all the way up to the tower. The climb is not really that hard.....  more »
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  • Madaba is the biggest christian (&probably the only one) in Jordan. It is the city of mosaics. The main attraction is St. john the Baptist church where you will find the famous 16x6 m. ancient Palestine mosaic. When it was created it consisted of 2,3 millions! tiny pieces and showed the Holy Land; most probably it served a pilgrim map. In the middle of the map you will see the oval city of Jerusalem with its 21 towers and 6 gates.
  • It was a wonderful experience visiting this church. The staff here was also very helpful. The church complex is small but beautiful. For us, the exciting parts of the experience were - the climb to the bell tower and the descent into the acropolis. The bell tower climb using stairs is not very difficult and the views from the top are amazing. The underground acropolis is chilly but an interesting experience - there are lot of beautiful mosaics, artefacts and a lot of history. The church building itself is big and sparsely decorated.

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