The trip south from
Amman along the 5,000-year-old King's Highway is
one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy
Land, passing through a string of ancient sites.
The first city you come upon is Madaba, "the City
of Mosaics". Madaba's chief attraction -in the
contemporary Greek Orthodox church of St. George-
is a wonderfully vivid, sixth-century Byzantine
mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy
Ten minutes to the west is the most revered site in Jordan: Mount Nebo, the memorial of Moses, the presumed site of the prophet's death and burial place. A small, square church was built on the spot by early Byzantine Christians-and later expanded into a vast complex.