Church of St John the Baptist, Madaba

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Visit Church of St John the Baptist, a Catholic church built in the early 20th century on an ancient archaeological site. Admire the facade of the church, made from antique stones from a local house, adorned with Corinthian and Roman columns. If you descend down to the church’s vault, you can admire a functioning Moab-era well, more than 3,000 years old. Step into the chapel to see the visitor center and its display of art and relics, or climb to the top of the bell tower for extensive views over Madaba. Use our Madaba online trip itinerary builder to add Church of St John the Baptist and other attractions to your Madaba vacation plans.
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  • This church is lesser known than St George's, but it is far more interesting. You get a view of the entire city of Madaba from the top of the bell tower and the underground museum is worth a visit.  more »
  • See the crypt under the Church, the Church and its bell tower for the mosaic, or it is possible to mount (beware of Vertigo) for a view of the entire city of Madaba
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  • This was my favourite of all the churches we visited in Madaba. Passionate and informative staff who were very willing to tell you about the history of the church and of the town. A visit here is a bi...  more »

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The town of Madaba, situated on the King's Highway and near the airport, can make a great base for trips to Amman, the Dead Sea, and other nearby attractions. Choose from a number of two- and three-star hotels, mostly affordable lodgings run by local families and offering standard amenities such as air-conditioning, breakfast, and Wi-Fi. If you're looking to splurge, head to the four-star chain hotel, boasting an outdoor swimming pool and plenty of spacious rooms. Most of the hotels cluster in the central area of the small town, which you can easily explore on foot.
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