Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Madaba Map Receives a Great Boost

The Madaba Map is a Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land. The map is found on the floor of an ancient sixth century church in Jordan. The map is famous for its presentation of the first Christian Holy Land era.

One problem historians have had with the map is that it shows a massive road going through the middle the Jerusalem. No such road has been found, until now. Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem have found a piece of that major road running through the old city.

This discovery offers the perfect excuse to reexamine the map or explore it for the first time. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Jerusalem Institute, and the Franciscans all have informative and interactive map features. Be sure to check this out!

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