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BibArch Home Up Abila Bet She'an Jerash Madaba Pella

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Sixth Century CE Jerusalem as it appears in the Madaba Mosaic Map. A BIBARCH Photo.

Once a Moabite border city, cited in the Exodus account at Numbers 21:30 and Joshua 13:9, Madaba dates from the Middle Bronze Age. The present-day city is known for the many mosaics found in the remains of floors of private homes and public buildings. It is the site of the famed Madaba Mosaic Map.

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The Madaba Mosaic Map.

The Madaba Mosaic Map is an index map of the region, dating from the sixth century CE, preserved in the floor of the Greek Orthodox Basilica of St. George. The mosaic is the earliest extant representation of Jerusalem. The map provides important details as to its 6th century landmarks. This map is one key in developing scholarly knowledge about the physical layout of Jerusalem after CE 70. Below is an index to some of the landmarks in the Jerusalem map.

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Index to Jerusalem as it appears in the Madaba Mosaic Map.

1 Damascus Gate Plaza with large column in center
2 Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Eastern Atrium, Martyrdom, Triportico, and Anastasis; pictured upside down)
3 Citadel and main western gate (today’s Jaffa Gate)
4 Hagia Zion
5 Cenacle or Coenaculum

6 Nea Church
7 The Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount)
8 Beautiful Gate
9 Probatike Gate (St. Stephen’s Gate, the main eastern gate)
10 Eastern Branch of the Cardo Maximus
11 The Cardo Maximus (running north-south from the Damascus Gate to Nea Church)

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