Situated just 30 kilometer from the capital Amman, Madaba is an ancient city that dates back to the middle Bronze Age. The reason for which it is a prominent place on the map of Jordan is because of its ‘maps’. These are not just any other printed cartograms but mosaic maps laid down on the floors during the Byzantine-Umayyad era. Some of the mosaics also form other figures and portraits such as the Hippolytus and the King’s Way that are today preserved in the archaeological park of the city.
While in this small town, one can go around to any place on foot. Some of the must-visit places in Madaba are St. George's Church, Madaba Archaeological Park, Dolmens at Al Fayha, Madaba Museum and Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. Shops in the downtown sell beautiful handicraft items. The cultural mix of Muslim and Christian communities living together can be witnessed best in this city.