Sunday, April 01, 2012

the Madaba map

Found on the floor of the church of St George is this mosaic map of the Holy Land especially of Jerusalem. The time it was constructed was the sixth century. Most of it survived, some parts are missing. Simply called 'the map' or 'the Madaba map', it is about the oldest surviving map of any form. The detail is just amazing. I came away with wonder and awe as I do with most antiquity that I have seen. In the olden days there are people whose job it is to map the world. Now all we need is are satellites and Google earth. Cartography sure has gotten easier.

1 comment:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That is amazing.