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MADABA - The pastry shop sold a variety of nuts.  Jeanne bought a package of Jordan almonds for about $2.80 a pound, about a fourth what they would have cost in the U.S.
MADABA - Jeanne goes back for seconds.
MADABA - Our group proved they could eat as well as they toured.
MADABA - A tray of Jordanian baklava - a  pastry made of layers of dough filled with chopped nuts, mainly pistachios, and sweetened with sugar and honey syrup.
MADABA - After a hard day of exploring, our tour leader thought we deserved a treat.  And since he was a native of Madaba, he knew the best place in the area to stop for a tray of Jordanian baklava.  (You knew it was "local" from the fact that there were no English words on the store's sign.)
MADABA - The mosaic map may be the most famous of the church's attractions, but an icon in the church's crypt also has a more recent story to tell. Apparently one Sunday morning in 1976, worshippers passed in front of it, looking and touching it, and noticing nothing out of the ordinary.  Later in the service, they happened to look again and discovered that a third, blue hand had appeared.  A miracle was immediately declared.
MADABA - This famous mosaic was designed around 560 AD to decorate the floor of a Byzantine church.  Although the Church of St George was built over the original Byzantine church, large portions of the mosaic were preserved.  The map was originally 25 by 5 meters and consisted of more than 2.3 million pieces of colored stone.  Its archaeological value is priceless.
MADABA - Madaba is called the &#8220;city of the mosaic.&#8221;  Hundreds of mosaics can be found in the old buildings around town.  But one stands out: the Mosaic Map of Palestine, inside the St. George Church.  It depicts the oldest known map of the Holy Land.
MADABA - Our next stop was some 18 miles from Amman at the small village of Madaba.  Its most famous feature is the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George built in 1896.  But the town itself dates back more than 3,500 years.
MADABA - The St. George Church appears rather austere from the outside, a plain stone building with little architectural distinction, but its treasure lies inside....
MADABA - Madaba  was first mentioned in the Bible as Medeba at the time of the Exodus (Numbers: 21,30; Joshua 13:9).  In many ways  it is a typical East Bank town with one major difference: underneath many of its houses lie Byzantine mosaics.  Who knows?  Perhaps more lie hidden waiting to be discovered under homes and alleyways like this.
MADABA -  As we walked thorugh "downtown" Madaba, it seemed that a lot of people knew our gregarious guide, one in particular:  his brother, a local barber whose shop was adjacent to their father's tobacco store.
MADABA - During our walk through Madaba, Jeanne was intriqued by this particular outfit, but wasn't sure that it was her color.
MADABA - Madaba was the hometown of our tour leader Jihad, and he was anxious to show us the friendly, easy-going nature of this small market village.  So instead of taking the bus to our restaurant, we took off on a mile-and-a-half stroll through "downtown" Madaba.
MADABA - A tray of Jordanian baklava - a pastry made of layers of dough filled with chopped nuts, mainly pistachios, and sweetened with sugar and honey syrup.

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MADABA - A tray of Jordanian baklava - a  pastry made of layers of dough filled with chopped nuts, mainly pistachios, and sweetened with sugar and honey syrup.
MADABA - A tray of Jordanian baklava - a pastry made of layers of dough filled with chopped nuts, mainly pistachios, and sweetened with sugar and honey syrup.

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