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MOSES’ MEMORIAL CHURCH
The history of Mount Nebo dates back to the time of the Prophet Moses, around the 12th century BC. It is believed to be the site of the Prophet’s burial place and from where he viewed the Holy Land. The place has long been a significant Christian pilgrimage site as pilgrims travelled from all over the world to Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethany and Mount Nebo before descending to Hammamat Ma’in for bathing in its natural hot springs and waterfalls.
On the top of the 1000m hill are the ruins of Moses Memorial Church, built by the early Christians in the 4th century AD. Inside, are the remains of magnificent mosaic floors with stunning designs that feature hunting and herding scenes but unfortunately the church is now momentarily closed for renovation. From a viewing platform in front of the church and looking out towards the Holy Land, a visitor may see a an Italian-designed bronze memorial of a snake on a cross which symbolizes the serpent lifted up by Moses in the desert, and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. “The Son of Man must be lifted up as the serpent was lifted up by Moses in the wilderness, so that everyone who has faith in him may possess eternal life” (John 3: 14–15).
Aside from its religious significance, Mount Nebo commands excellent sweeping views over the Dead Sea and the entire Jordan Valley and on a clear day one can also see the rooftops of Jerusalem (46 km) and Bethlehem.