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Mount Nebo

Memorial of Moses
History - How To Get Here - What To See




mount nebo moses memorial Mount Nebo is one of Jordan's most important Christian Holy Sites: this is the spot where Moses (or Prophet Musa) is believed to have first seen the Promised Land that he would never entered.

In the fourth century, early Christians turned the old building on the highest part of the Siyagha mountain into a church to commemorate Prophet Moses' resting place and made pilgrimages to it from Jerusalem.

The first church was later expanded into the present basilica where a collection of Byzantine mosaics is exhibited as well.

The site became custody of the Franciscan order in 1932 who excavated the church and put Mount Nebo on the religious tourist maps.

For the past several years midnight Christmas mass in both English and Arabic has been held at the site.

The Brazen Serpent

mount nebo brazen serpent This sculpture, which has become a symbol for Mount Nebo, is a modern replica of the of the Biblical brazen serpent.

During the Exodus journey God sent plague to kill the rebellious Israelites.

God also instructed Moses to erect a bronze serpent on a pole to stop the plague. All who looked up at the raised serpent survived the plague.

Thus the curative serpent around a pole became the symbol of the pharmacies.

The Pope's Visit

Pope John Paul II visited this site in March 2000 before starting his spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land with prayers in the basilica.

Pope Benedict XVI, Head of the Roman Catholic Church visited and gave a speech here on 9th May 2009.



mount nebo directions If you stand on the viewing platform erected for Pope John Paul II you can enjoy the panoramic sceene that Moses saw more than 3000 years ago.

And if you are lucky and the weather is clear you are able to see the Dead Sea and several cities on the West Bank of Jordan River.

At sunrise even the streets can be visible. By sunset, you can also enjoy an amazing view as the sun sinks behind the mountains of Jerusalem.

Useful Information

  • Opening Hours: daily from 7.00h till 19.00h in summer and 17.00h in winter time
  • Entrance Fee: 1 JD

Getting here

  • The site is about 10 minutes west of Madaba by car (cca 8 kms) and around 26 kms away from Amman.
  • Mariam Hotel in Madaba offers organized trips by taxi combined with visit to the Dead Sea and Bethany beyond Jordan.
  • Private tours are also available from Amman.


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