As Salt and Madaba

The city of As Salt was recently designated a world heritage site. It is a place where people of all backgrounds and faiths have lived peaceably together for hundreds of years and is a model of social and religious harmony.
Golden coloured houses made out of limestone are clustered on the slopes of three mountains
The city is rich with exceptionally kind, tolerant people and crazy steep hills.
The city of As Salt
During our wanderings we stopped for street food. The seasoned kernel corn in a cup was more delicious than it had any right to be!
Just before arriving to El Salt we were invited to share a picnic of grilled pita sandwiches with seasoned ground lamb inside and then sprinkled with lemon juice. A side of yogurt, cucumber and garlic salad, and fermented pickles completed the tasty dinner.
The city of Mataba
Towards the end of the 19th century many Christian families who settled in Madaba used the blocks of the ruined ancient structures already there to build their houses. As a result, floor mosaics were unearthed and can still be found in some family homes today.
Madaba, known for its exquisite mosaics is often referred to as The Mosaic capital of the Levantine.
Stunning mosaics were found in churches and mansions alike, dating to the reign of the Byzantines from 332 – 635 AD. This tree of life was found in the crypt of Saint Elianus
Several historic periods can be found from Roman to Byzantine to Islamic Umayyad. Each period built on what was previously there, giving a glimpse of the continuous occupation of Madaba.
A mosaic of the holy land on the floor of the Byzantine church of St. George is only one of Madaba’s shining stars. I couldn’t fit the whole map in the picture.

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