The King's highway - Mount Nebo - Madaba
The 24th of January 2011
We took to the "Kings's highway" (translation of an old Hebrew term simply meaning main road), running through some of the loveliest Jordan countryside (we were told) and considered the most import route of the North-South trade, fairly early on our way to Petra via Madaba, leaving Amman behind.
Mount Nebo, considered one of the holiest sites in Jordan, has a unique resonance for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The view from the vantage point where Moses after having led the Israelites for forty years finally saw the Promised Land is absolutely awe-inspiring, once we can enjoy a view on the Jordan valley, the Dead Sea; Jerico and Jerusalem. At its cliff-edge platform there is a stylized cross in the form of a serpent, having been inspired in Jesus's words in John 3 - " As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of the Man be lifted".
Different views of the inside of the Greek-Orthodox church of Saint George
This little church impacted on me and to simply imagine that this east oriented map once comprised over two million stones and measured 15,6 metres long by 6 metres wide was astounding.
Equally astounding were the ostrich eggs decorated with very tiny handmade mosaics depicting iconic scenes, we were given the chance of seeing amongst other artifacts at a local handicraft factory. The images of these amazingly precious "pieces of art" haunted me all the way to Petra. I don't know why I hesitated and ended up not bying one of those, irrespective of being fairly expensive. I don't think I'll have another opportunity to ever come across such a beautiful and unique type of mosaic Art.
We shall be continuing South ... but I have kept inspiring images of the places we have visited so far.