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Madaba is a pretty town south of Amman that serves as a good base for a lot of the sights in central Jordan.  We stayed at a really cool guest house called “Pilgrim’s”  that was right on the same property of St. George’s church in the middle of town.  St. Georges’s is famous for being the home of the Madaba map, a mosaic that is the oldest known map of the Holy Land. Although some of the sections were missing it is still the best preserved map in existence.  All of the proceeds from the guesthouse go towards the church and community programs and everyone there was incredibly nice and helpful.  It was also really interesting to see a thriving Christian community in Jordan.

After having a nice Arabic dinner across the street, we took a walk through the town to find a famous sweets shop called Holy Land.  We passed several other bakeries and sweet shops and got lots of opinions from locals who loved various shops, but we ended up at a great one that had shelves full of unidentifiable fresh sweets and baked goods.  We got a few that were similar to baklava, pistachio and cashew treats and got some cookies to go.  All in all, it was a fun experience while the shopkeepers tried to explain the different snacks.

  • Madaba Mosaic Map
  • Madaba Mosaic Map and St. George's Church
  • Pita, Hummus, Fried Cheese, and Tabouleh
  • Fresh Tabouleh Salad
  • Fried Cheese
  • Hummus
  • Jordanian Sweets
  • Jordanian Sweet Shop

Posted: July 22, 2012

Author: Adam and Amanda

Category: Blog, Continents, Jordan, Middle East


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