Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)
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Ariyya
Kuwait City, Kuwait467 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
mai 2023 • Alene
When my driver suggested this site, I agreed out of curiosity and am so glad of it. The site of a settlement by romans, christians, and muslim people and it shows in all the buildings they left behind. It hasn't been fully excavated yet and that's truly unfortunate, but the highlight are the most stunning and intact mosaics I've seen on the floor of St.Stephen's church. Don't miss this place!
Skrevet 30. mars 2024
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angela0809
Genova, Italia2 825 bidrag
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nov. 2022 • Venner
Mandatory stop to reach the Church of Santo Stefano. The site was a Roman legionary camp and was brought to light at the end of the 19th century by the Swiss explorer Ulrich Seetzen. The ecclesiastical complex includes the remains of a series of churches including the Lions Church and the Saint Paul Church, as well as obviously the more famous one of Santo Stefano.
Skrevet 30. oktober 2023
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Renato Toss
Rovereto, Italia4 427 bidrag
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sep. 2023 • Venner
A beautiful historic site, it gives the impression of being a little abandoned.
there are no spectacular remains but many ruins and special mosaics
partly protected as in the church, many in various areas remain
covered in sand for protection.
Interesting but be careful of the heat.
Skrevet 17. oktober 2023
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FDM
Birmingham, AL53 bidrag
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mai 2023
On a 4-day trip to Jordan with another American couple, our amazing guide, Dr. Sami Alhasanat of Jordan Inspiration Tours, took us on a short detour to Umm-Ar-Rasas. And we are so glad he did. This is the site of a huge complex of 5th century Byzantine churches located just off the King's Highway in central Jordan. It is currently an active archaeological excavation and a UNESCO world heritage site. The mosaics on the floors of St Stephen's church are exquisite. We strongly recommend a visit to this hidden gem.
Skrevet 21. mai 2023
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carlo g
Legnano, Italia150 bidrag
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apr. 2023 • Par
I mosaici sono molto belli, un po' meno il capannone che li protegge. Gli altri resti sono in uno stato di degrado. Compreso nel Jordan Pass. Vale sicuramente la visita.
Skrevet 13. april 2023
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CasaRoscoe
Ottawa, Canada253 bidrag
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mar. 2023 • Par
Um er-Rasis is a site once occupied by the Romans, and later by Christian and Islamic communities, but now a ruin with little else nearby. It is a sprawling UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with church ruins and numerous arches, but its most spectacular aspect are the mosaics of the 8th Century Church of St. Stephen. A protective shelter, open on all four sides, has been built over the extremely well-preserved mosaics, and sophisticated metal walkways allow them to be seen from above.
Skrevet 23. mars 2023
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LegalRover
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aug. 2022
Umm ar-Rasas (also known as Kastrom / Kastron Mefa’a) is a UNESCO site about 30 km (~19 miles) south of Madaba along the King’s Hwy (Route 35). It is home to stunning mosaics depicting images from the Byzantine era. The Roman military used the site as a strategic military post. In the 5th century, it was settled by Christian pilgrims which explains the predominance of churches. Later, the area was conquered by Muslim armies, and most of the structures were either destroyed or remodeled. On initial glance, the area looks like piles of rock. It wasn’t until 1986 that excavation of the site began with at least 80-85% not completed. There are many churches and dwellings that still need to be excavated. The biggest draw to this site is the mosaics in the covered shelter of the Church of Saint Stephen, the Lions Church 3 arches, and the fact this site houses the largest intact mosaic in Jordan, to date (they are still excavating!) If you walk off the marked path into one of the structures that looks like it may have been a church or dwelling, you need to be careful that you do not step on an uncovered mosaic.

As you are walking at the start of the dirt path, you will find the Islamic Cemetery to your right. The two times I have been, the fence was not open so we were unable to walk inside to look at the grave sites. Continue walking and you can get closer to several of the marked sites: Priest Wa’il Church, Tabula Church, and Madkhar Reliquary Church. The latter is very large and just looks like piles of rocks with a few arches interspersed throughout the rock-bounded area. You will also pass by the Villa, Peacock Chapel, Twins Church, and Lions Church. Be careful because the remains of some of these structures are underground. You will see holes that signify the top of the structure (wide enough for a body to fall through); site staff attempt to mark these holes with large rocks around them. You can either look down into the hole or walk around so that you can go inside (the “entrance” isn’t marked and not easily seen from the path). Also, if you get up close to the remaining walls of the structures, you will find some blankets on the ground covered in sand. Unbelievably enough, these are to protect the mosaics that are readily exposed to the elements. If you peel back the blanket, you will see the mosaic. It is best to stay on the designated trail so as not to do any damage. You will then walk by Church of Saint Paul which has the infamous arches you see on location websites.

The Church of Saint Stephen dates to 785. Saint Stephen Complex is a roof-enclosed area that protects the uncovered mosaics that were in the church. The mosaics are remarkable; intricately detailed. There are catwalks so that you can view the mosaics from different angles. The broad nave is framed by mosaic panels showing cities like Jerusalem, Nablus, Asqalan, and Gaza. On the far side you have seven Transjordanian cities: Kastron/Kastrom Mefa’a, Philadelphia, Madaba, Hesban, Ma’in, Rabba, and Karak. You have lots of scenes of fishermen and marine life as well as wildlife (animals, fruits, trees). An important note: many of the images were defaced by iconoclasts. It is debated whether this occurred as a result of an internal Christian reform or if it was forced upon them by the Muslims during the Islamic Period. Discovery of these mosaics depicting daily life gave archeologists proof that this site is the biblical city of Kastrom / Kastron Mefa’a.

While there has been a lot of progress uncovering these mosaics, there is at lot more that needs to be done on the Umm ar-Rasas site as a whole. Other than the Saint Stephen Complex, it requires a lot of imagination to get a sense of how the area must have looked. It took about 36 years to get this far. I speculate it will be about another 20-35 years for the entire area to be uncovered. According the guy at the Visitors Center, UNESCO ran out of money which is why the excavation efforts stopped a number of years ago.

The Saint Stephen Complex may seem like the finale, but wait, there’s more! About 1 km away from the ruins, there is a stylite tower (Burj Sam’an) that is about 15 m high (~43 feet). You can walk to this structure but most people drive. Archaeologists say the structure is solid with no internal staircase but it is odd how there is a room at the top with windows on all 4 sides. Some historians say it served as a platform for Christian ascetics living in isolation at the top as well as an altar for a call to prayer (how did they get up there????) Actually, they would be pulled up in a basket but then that begs the question “how did the first person get up there?” It is believed at one point, there was a church at the foot of the tower with cisterns and a building close by, believed to house pilgrims. These no longer exist.

To get to Umm ar-Rasas you can drive south from Madaba on Kings Hwy (Route 35) until Dhiban where a sign will lead you east to Umm ar-Rasas about 16 km away. If you are approaching from the south heading north, simply arrive in Dhiban from Route 35 and turn right. The turn off to Umm ar-Rasas is well-signposted. https://goo.gl/maps/p5VYiTMj5UpZ7jD17 The entire drive is about 49 km and takes just over one hour, depending from where in Madaba you start. You will need to drive slower than usual because there are lots of small towns / settlements along the road.

If you are interested in public transportation, we were told by a local supermarket owner that local buses run a few times daily from Madaba to Umm ar-Rasas via Nitil. I can’t confirm if this is still the case, but sharing if anyone is interested in looking into it further. JETT bus does not go to Umm ar-Rasas.

The fee at the Visitors Center is 2 JD for non-Jordanians. On the couple of occasions I visited I didn’t pay – we were the only ones there and were just waived through by the ranger who was hanging out outside the VC. We were not approached by anyone but there were a couple of men sitting just outside the VC gate near the parking lot. They looked like tour guides. If you can hire one, I would recommend it unless you read up on the site like we did before visiting. I do not remember the winter hours but the summer hours are 8 AM to 6 PM. With so much history and beautiful mosaics, it is a shame you won’t find many travelers visiting Umm ar-Rasas – very likely to have the place to yourself.
Skrevet 20. januar 2023
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ACM1899Pier
Milano, Italia21 505 bidrag
3,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2022 • Par
Molto belli i mosaici della Chiesa di Santo Stefano con le rappresentazioni delle città ma quelli di altre chiese del sito come quella dei Leoni sono ancora ricoperti e non sono visibili. Da vedere poco oltre il sito la colonna dello stilita rappresentata nel mosaico.
Skrevet 25. desember 2022
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Fabrizio2212
Cesena, Italia90 bidrag
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nov. 2022
Fuori dai percorsi turistici classici ma secondo me vale deviazione durante il viaggio sulla veloce autostrada che taglia il paese. Oltre al sito archeologico c'è da visitare a poca distante la misteriosa torre dello stilita.
Skrevet 16. desember 2022
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D D
Samarate, Italia7 856 bidrag
4,0 av 5 bobler
nov. 2022
Il sito, decentrato dalle vie principali che attraversano la Giordania e' uno dei siti unesco recenti e merita una visita. Si tratta di un sito abitato fin dall'antichita' e che oggi trova il motivo della sua importanza per la presenza di resti Romani e bizantini che trovano la massima espressione nei mosaici all'interno della chiesa di Santo Stefano.
Ingresso a pagamento ( visita libera )
Skrevet 4. desember 2022
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