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MAGNIFICENT BYZANTINE MOSAICS
About 32 km southeast of Madaba lie the ruins of Umm el-Rassas, which is an ancient complex of four Byzantine churches, once surrounded by a stone wall. Although it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site nevertheless Umm el-Rassas has not been well maintained except for the 7th century AD mosaics found on the floor of one of the four churches, the ruined church of St. Stephen, depicting scenes of hunting, fishing and daily life activities along with a magnificent mosaic panel representing Jordanian, Palestinian and Egyptian city plans. Among the ruins is a mysterious 15 m stone tower, with a chamber at the top probably used by early Christian hermits as a retreat, as there are no obvious means to ascend to it.