Return to the Top
   
About Jordan
?
 
Arabic French Italian Spanish Deutch Romanian
       
Hotels Directory   Sponsors   Advertise with Us   Suggestions
Arabic Words
Banks
Business Opportunities
Camps
Clubs | Disco
Courier Services
Culturals
Health Clubs
Hospitals
Hotels Apartments
Kindergarten
Leisure
Malls
Mass-Media
Megastores
Ministries
Nursery
Organizations
Real Estate
Rent a Car
Restaurants
Schools
Shops
Showrooms
Supermarkets
Telecomunication
Transport Companies
Travel Agencies
Universities
Sponsored links
Darcizia Multimedia Int'l. Est.
Hertz Jordan
Jordan Tourism Board
Ocean Hotel
Sweiss Jordan
UM AR RASAS UM AR RASAS  
Virtual Tours Photo Gallery e-brochure CITIES/Locations
 
Tel.: +962-
Fax: +962-

The Old and New Testaments mention it, the Romans fortified it, and the local Christians were still embellishing it with Byzantine-style mosaics well over 100 years after the beginning of Muslim Umayyad rule: Kastron Mefaa, modern Umm Ar Rasas, indeed, has a long history to tell.

This rectangular walled city, located about 30 km southeast of Madaba, lays in ruins, but several buildings in its eastern part, including churches, a courtyard with a well, staircases and beautifully curved stone arches have been excavated and restored. Recent excavations here have uncovered some of the finest Byzantine church mosaics in the Middle East.

The main attraction, though, lies outside the city walls: it is the newly unearthed Church of St. Stephen with its perfectly preserved remarkable mosaic floor, the largest one in Jordan. It contains the images and portraits of 27 Old and New Testament cities of the Holy Land from both east and west of the Jordan River and of Egypt, making it a discovery second only to the Mosaic Map of Madaba.

Less than 2 km north of the fortified town, the highest standing ancient tower of Jordan puzzles the specialists: a 15 meter high, Byzantine square tower with no door or inner staircase, thought to be used by early christian monks seeking solitude, now inhabited by swarms of birds.

Cities|Locations
Ajloun Castle
Ajloun Reserve
AMMAN
Anjara
AQABA
Azraq Reserve
Battle of Yarmouk
BETHANY
Dana Reserve
DEAD SEA
Desert Castles
Dibeen Forest
Hammamat Ma'In
JERASH
Karak Castle
Lot's Cave
MADABA
Mamluke Fort
Mount Nebo
Mukawir
PELLA
PETRA
Shawmari Reserve
Shobak Castle
Tal Mar Elyias
UM AR RASAS
UMM AL JIMAL
UMM QAYS
Wadi Feynan
WADI MUJEB
WADI RUM
view more cities...
Sponsored logos

 
Copyright © 2005-2014 Darcizia Multimedia International Est.
All Rights Reserved

Terms of Use
 
Requirements: Internet Explorer (6.0 or higher), Macromedia Flash Player, Java virtual machine, resolution 1024x768 and pop-up window enabled.