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A hotel in Madaba is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Madaba hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Madaba are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Madaba hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Madaba hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Madaba have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Madaba
An upscale full service hotel facility in Madaba that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Madaba hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Madaba
Full service Madaba hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Madaba
Boutique hotels of Madaba are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Madaba boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Madaba may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Madaba
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Madaba travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Madaba focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Madaba
Small to medium-sized Madaba hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Madaba traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Madaba hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Madaba
A bed and breakfast in Madaba is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Madaba bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Madaba B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Madaba
Madaba hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Madaba hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Madaba
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Madaba hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Madaba lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Madaba
Madaba timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Madaba often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Madaba on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Madaba
A Madaba motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Madaba for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Madaba motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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مدينة مادبا
Madaba's skyline and King Hussein Mosque, Apostles Church, Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, St. George Church, Madaba Archaeological Park, Souvenir shops,Madaba Mosaic Map.
Madaba's skyline and King Hussein Mosque, Apostles Church, Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, St. George Church, Madaba Archaeological Park, Souvenir shops,Madaba Mosaic Map.
Official seal of Madaba
Madaba is located in Jordan
Location in Jordan
Coordinates:  / 31.717; 35.800
Country Jordan
Governorate Madaba Governorate
Municipality established 1921
• Type Municipality
• Mayor Mustafa Al-Ma'ay'ya
• City 39.440 km (15.228 sq mi)
• Metro 100 km (40 sq mi)
Elevation 763 m (2,326 ft)
Population (December 2011)
• City 84,600 Increase
Time zone UTC+2 (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) UTC+3 (UTC+3)
Area code(s) +(962)5
Website http://www.madabacity.gov.jo

Madaba (Arabic: مادبا‎‎; Biblical Hebrew: מֵידְבָא‎ Meidvah) is the capital city of Madaba Governorate in central Jordan, with a population of about 60,000. It is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of the Holy Land. Madaba is located 30 kilometres (19 miles) south-west of the capital Amman.

Madaba: History

Madaba dates from the Middle Bronze Age.

The town of Madaba was once a Moabite border city, mentioned in the Bible in Numbers 21:30 and Joshua 13:9.

During its rule by the Roman and Byzantine empires from the 2nd to the 7th centuries, the city formed part of the Provincia Arabia set up by the Roman Emperor Trajan to replace the Nabataean kingdom of Petra.

The first evidence for a Christian community in the city, with its own bishop, is found in the Acts of the Council of Chalcedon in 451, where Constantine, Metropolitan Archbishop of Bostra (the provincial capital) signed on behalf of Gaiano, "Bishop of the Medabeni."

During the rule of the Islamic Umayyad Caliphate, it was part of the southern district of Jund Filastin within the Bilad al-Sham province.

Greek Orthodox Basilica of Saint George, Madaba

The resettlement of the city ruins by 90 Arab Christian families from Kerak, in the south, led by two Italian priests from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in 1880, saw the start of archaeological research. This in turn substantially supplemented the scant documentation available.

The Catholic Church's list of titular sees uses the spelling "Medaba", traditional in reference to the ancient bishopric centred on this city, while at the same time referring to the modern city as 'Madaba".

In his memoirs, the German Count von Rantzau reports about his friend Sultan Gin-Achmed, Royal Prince of Madaba both studying at Helmstedt University, Germany in 1729 and meeting again in Paris ten years later.

Madaba: Archaeological finds in Madaba city

The first mosaics were discovered during the building of new houses using bricks from older buildings. The new inhabitants of Madaba, made conscious of the importance of the mosaics by their priests, made sure that they took care of and preserved all the mosaics that came to light.

The northern part of the city turned out to be the area containing the greatest concentration of mosaics. During the Byzantine-Umayyad period, this northern area, crossed by a colonnaded Roman road, saw the building of the Church of the Map, the Hippolytus Mansion, the Church of the Virgin Mary, the Church of Prophet Elijah with its crypt, the Church of the Holy Martyrs (Al-Khadir), the Burnt Palace, the Church of the Sunna' family, and the church of the salaita family.

A 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem in the Madaba Map

The Map of Madaba mosaic was discovered in 1896 and the findings were published a year later. This discovery drew the attention of scholars worldwide. It also positively influenced the inhabitants, who shared the contagious passion of F. Giuseppe Manfredi, to whom the rediscovery of most of the city's mosaics are owed. Madaba became known as the "City of Mosaics" in Jordan.

The Madaba Mosaic Map is a map of the region dating from the 6th century and preserved in the floor of the Greek Orthodox Basilica of Saint George, sometimes called the "Church of the Map". With two million pieces of colored stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns in Palestine and the Nile Delta. The mosaic contains the earliest extant representation of Byzantine Jerusalem, labeled the "Holy City." The map provides important details about its 6th-century landmarks, with the cardo, or central colonnaded street, and the church of the Holy Sepulchre clearly visible. This map is one key in developing scholarly knowledge about the physical layout of Jerusalem after its destruction and rebuilding in 70 AD.

Other mosaic masterpieces found in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and the Archaeological Museum, depict a profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. Hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba.

Hippolytus Hall in the Archaeological Park of Madaba
Detail of the Hippolytus mosaic in the Archaeological Park of Madaba

The University of Toronto has been excavating in Madaba from 1996 until the present. Their efforts have focused primarily on the west acropolis where an open field has allowed access to uncover the entire sequence of occupation at Madaba from the modern period down to the Early Bronze Age levels. The most visible feature of this area is a 7.5-meter-wide (25 ft) fortification wall built sometime in the 9th century BC, with subsequent rebuilds throughout its history. There is also the remains of a well-preserved Byzantine era house at the base of the fortification wall.

In 2010, a 3,000-year-old Iron Age temple containing several figurines of ancient deities and circular clay vessels used in Moabite religious rituals was discovered at Khirbat 'Ataroz near Mabada.

Madaba: Mosaic school

The Institute of Mosaic Art and Restoration was originally created in 1992 as the Madaba Mosaic School, and funded by the Italian Government. It was a high school which offered the Tawjihi, the Jordanian equivalent of a high school diploma. In 2007, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, under the Department of Antiquities partnered with USAID's Siyaha tourism development project, and a rejuvenated Italian commitment to launch the Institute as a 2-year, post-Tawjihi program. The aim of the Institute is to be a center of excellence in the region, and to train locals on a scientific level to conserve and restore the many ancient mosaics found in Jordan. Students are also taught traditional and modern methods of mosaic production, as well as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Arabic, English, geology, and chemistry. Soon, students will also be able to transfer their credits to Yarmouk University to complete a BA in Archaeology with a further two years of study.

The Institute is located between the Madaba Visitors Center and the Madaba Archaeological Park.

Madaba: Hammamat Ma'in

The Madaba visitors center

Since the days of Rome, people have come to the thermal mineral springs of Hammamat Ma'in or Zarqa Ma'in for thermal treatments and use the baths.

Southwest of Madaba is Hammamat Ma’in, the thermal mineral springs that for centuries have attracted people to come and immerse themselves in the sites’ warm therapeutic waters.

Madaba: Bani Hamida

A weaving project was started by twelve women of the tribe in 1985 and since then Bani Hamida has become famed for producing woven items in traditionally bright colors. Traditional ground looms, assembled using stones and sticks, are used for the weaving, and the products can be found at numerous outlets in Jordan and abroad. Visitors can stop by the weaving rooms, located in the village of Mukawir, to see how rugs are made. The women also make decorative candles.

Shops in Madaba downtown

Madaba: New developments

Madaba has been chosen to house new universities (American University of Madaba) and a new settlement operation not far from the historic city will house over 600 villas. Kuwaiti corporations are now funding the construction of new office buildings to be built in Madaba.

Madaba: Tourist attractions

Madaba’s main attraction is its Byzantine mosaics, drawing many visitors, especially since the creation of an archaeological park. They cover the floors of houses and churches dating from the site’s earliest period of habitation.

The nearby site of Umm ar-Rasas, south-east of Madaba on the edge of the semi-arid steppe, started as a Roman military camp and grew to become a town from the 5th century. It also has very large and well-preserved mosaics.

At the southern entrance to Madaba, near the King’s Highway, is the Church of the Apostles. The ruins of this Byzantine church date to 578 CE, and are currently being restored. It includes a mosaic known as the "Personification of the Sea", depicting a woman emerging from the sea, surrounded by mythical aquatic creatures and a hodgepodge of rams, bulls, parrots and exotic vegetation. The mosaic was signed by a mosaicist named Salamanios.

Madaba: International relations

Madaba Municipal building

Madaba: Twin towns - Sister cities

Madaba is twinned with:

  • State of Palestine Bethlehem, Palestine
  • United States Denton, Texas

Madaba: See also

  • Isaiah 15

Madaba: References

  1. [1] Archived June 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 926
  3. Rantzow, George Louis Albert. Mémoires du comte de Rantzow. Oxford University Press. pp. 28–29.
  4. Rantzow, George Louis Albert. Mémoires du comte de Rantzow. Oxford University Press. pp. 279–283.
  5. [2] Archived May 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. Dale Gavlak (1 September 2010). "3,000-year-old Iron Age temple unearthed in Jordan". MSNBC. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  7. "Periodic Newsletter/ Siyaha - Jordan Tourism Development Project". Siyaha.org. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  8. "::Bethlehem Municipality::". Bethlehem-city.org. Archived from the original on 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2009-10-10.

Madaba: Bibliography

  • Rantzow, George Louis Albert, de (German name Georg Ludwig Albrecht von Rantzau, often named Jørgen Ludvig Albert de Rantzow). Mémoires du comte de Rantzow, vol. 1, Pierre Mortier Amsterdam (1741). First translation ever published by Renate Ricarda Timmermann: Die Memoiren des Grafen von Rantzau, vol. 1, Profund-Verlag (2015), ISBN 978-3-932651-14-4
  • visitmadaba.org
  • American University of Madaba (AUM)
  • Middle East Tourist Attractions

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