Saturday, June 30, 2012

postcards from madaba p2

Kitty having a munch while waiting for immigration to clear us. Even though we're supposed to be able to get visa on arrival in Jordan, the Dubai folks was aware of that, and almost didn't let us through the airport.
It was at least a 5 hour wait from the time we arrived at Dubai in the wee hours of the morning, and there was no restaurant nor vending machine at the Sharjah International Airport. Thank God for energy bars.

Apparently this was where Moses saw the Promised Land. Trying to imagine what he saw given that most of surrounding were desert land.

A brief stop at the Bethany Beyond The Jordan, whereby Jordan borders Israel. There was a guard stationed there lest anyone attempts to jump into the river and swim across. The river might have been more "fertile" in the Biblical days. I think you can just walk across without fearing of being drowned.

Golden chandelier found in an early Byzantine church. Must be difficult to clean between the edges given the ornate design.

The Greek Orthodox St George church which houses the Madaba Mosaic Map. Considered the most famous of mosaics, it contains a map of the Holy Land and depicts some famous Old City structures such as the Damascus Gate, the gate leading to Mount Zion, the Citadel (Tower of David), and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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