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Umm ar-Rasas, Madaba

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World heritage site · Ruin · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Umm ar-Rasas (Arabic: أم الرّصاص‎) (Kastrom Mefa'a, Kastron Mefa'a) is located 30km southeast of Madaba in the Amman Governorate in central Jordan. It was once accessible by branches of the King's Highway, and is situated in the semi-arid steppe region of the Jordanian Desert. The site has been allied to the biblical settlement of Mephaat mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah. The Roman military utilized the site as a strategic garrison, but it was later converted and inhabited by Christian and Islamic communities. In 2004, the site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is valued by archaeologists for its extensive ruins dating to the Roman, Byzantine, and early Muslim periods. The Franciscan academic society in Jerusalem, Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, carried out excavations at the North end of the site in 1986, but much of the area remains buried under debris.
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  • A UNESCO site that we really loved visiting. Most of the site is still unexcavated, so you can live out your Indian Jones dream by digging out ancient mosaics in many of the ancient churches that are....  more »
  • Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, Um er-Rasas is about 35 minutes south of Madaba. This ancient site dates to the 3rd century and spans six centuries of Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic.....  more »
  • Great locating which should be more investigated. I think that there is a lot of things that are waiting to be discovered in this location. On our trip, we had enough time to check this location, and we like it.
  • Hidden treasure where not many people are aware of. The second biggest mosaic in the world is right there!! Highly recommended

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