Mount Nebo

Mount Nebo, the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea.

Referring to the final chapter of Deuteronomy, Mount Nebo is where the Hebrew Prophet Moses was given a view of the Promised Land that God was giving to the Israelites. "And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the top of Psigah, which is opposite Jericho."

According to Judaism and Christianity Moses was buried on this mountain by God Himself, and his final resting place is unknown. However, scholars continue to dispute whether the mountain currently known as Nebo is the same as the mountain referred to in the Torah.

On the highest point of the mountain "Syagha" the remains of a church and monastery were discovered in 1933. The church was first constructed in the second half of the 4th century to commemorate the place of Moses' death. Its' design follows a typical basilica pattern. In the late fifth century A.D. the church was enlarged and rebuilt again

Six tombs have been found hollowed from the natural rock beneath the mosaic-covered floor of the church.

Remnants of mosaic floors from different periods can be seen in the modern chapel "Presbytery" that was built to protect the site and provide worship space.
The earliest of these is a panel with a braided cross presently placed on the east end of the south wall.

The serpentine cross sculpture "the Brazen Serpent Monument" atop Mount Nebo was created by an Italian artist symbolizing the bronze serpent created by Moses in the wilderness, and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified

Mount Nebo; being one of the most important Christian sites in Jordan, Pope John Paul II visited the site during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2000, when he planted an olive tree beside the Byzantine chapel as a symbol of peace.
Also, Pope Benedict XVI visited the site on May 9, 2009, gave a speech, and looked out from the top of the mountain in the direction of Jerusalem.