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The Madaba Parish

Name: Beheading of Saint John the Baptist Church

Introduction: Madaba is located on a hilltop, on a plateau overlooking panoramic views and the Dead Sea, and near Mount Nebo, a famous pilgrim site. It is 30 kms southwest of Amman and it is the capital of the regional government. Madaba was first mentioned in the Old Testament to have been conquered by the Israelites with the rest of Moab. It was first inhabited about 4,500 years ago, also mentioned in the Bible as the Moabite town of Madaba and frequently referred to in the narratives of the story of Moses and Exodus.

Latin Patriarchate: A school for girls was built in 1964-1965, then a nursery school in 1974; a boys’school and kindergarten followed in 1992 and in 2004 another floor was added to the building, providing three more classrooms and a library. The boys’ school was moved and a new kindergarten was built next to it. The elementary school is behind the parish church next to the girls’ secondary school. A vocational school for auto mechanics was also built in 1995.

Statistics: Population 84,600

Christians 10,000

Latin Christians 3,500


Madaba: Beheading of Saint John the Baptist Pastor: Rev. Fr. Firas Aridah Parochial Vicar: Rev.  Fr. Salem Lolas Address: P.O.B. 19 17110 Madaba Tel: (05) 324 40 65 Fax: (05) 324 84 16 Mobile:  : +962 5 324 4065.    054 970 6419 E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]